FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-SF) wants to change the way we drive in California.
A post on his Facebook page reads, "Introducing legislation in January to ban the sale of petroleum-based vehicles in CA after 2040. Almost 40% of GHGs come from transportation, if we want to reach our goals we need ZEVs on the road to clean our air and protect our environment. Usually, CA leads but now we are following England, France, and India."
Action News asked Ting why he made the decision to move ahead with his proposal.
"Adapting to climate change is the challenge of many generations to come. Moving to alternative forms of energy and transportation is inevitable. With transportation accounting for most emissions that contribute to dirty air and climate change, we need to get more clean vehicles on the road and provide incentives to help Californians buy them. We also need a hard deadline to ensure that the transfer to zero-emission vehicle technology occurs," Ting said.
Action News also reached out to the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).
WSPA is a non-profit trade association that represents companies that account for the bulk of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the five western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, WSPA President says, "Telling Californians how and what we can drive should give us a clear idea how far some policymakers are willing to go to regulate our lives. This won't lead to substantive public policy discussions, it's click bait."
California Lawmaker doesn't want you driving gas cars