Assemblymember Rivas Statement on Gov. Newsom’s Announcement to Transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035, Phase Out Fracking

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rivas has released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order to phase out gas-powered to zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035 and to phase out fracking:

“We’re in a climate emergency.  Having grown up in farmworker housing and now representing one of California’s poorest and most rural regions, I can attest from personal experience that the most vulnerable members of our society are already feeling the worst impacts of climate change – from extreme heat, to unprecedented wildfires, to catastrophic flooding. It jeopardizes the future of our communities, health, and economy. Climate change is costing our state billions of dollars in damages - we cannot afford to kick the can down the road. A comprehensive solution to this crisis is long overdue.  I commend the Governor’s historic decision to move our vehicle fleet closer to 100% clean and renewable power, which will have huge impacts on not only our fight against climate change but also air quality, human health, and vehicle affordability.

“I have always been a strong advocate for the environment, beginning as a San Benito County Board of Supervisor before I was elected to the Assembly. Our county was the first in the state to pass a voter initiative ban on fracking and set the course for the neighboring county of Monterey to follow suit. I eagerly await more details on the Governor’s plan to phase out fracking, one of the most toxic and environmentally damaging forms of fossil fuel extraction that should never have been allowed in the first place. As usual, California has set the standard for the rest of the nation.”

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Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) represents California’s 30th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of the cities and towns of Aromas, Big Sur, Chualar, Gilroy, Greenfield, Gonzales, Hollister, King City, Morgan Hill, Salinas, San Martin, San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Spreckels, and Watsonville.