Letter to the Editor: Electric Autos Can Help Cut Greenhouse Gases

To say that the Trump administration has done everything in its power to roll back accomplishments in clean energy, sustainability and environmental protection is an understatement.

One recent action: the administration's rollback of federal fuel economy standards by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rollback will have a devastating effect on our environment and our health.

Prominent auto dealer associations like the National Automobile Dealers Association have spent significant time and money lobbying for weaker pollution standards that would help them sell more SUVs (which have higher margins).

New York is becoming a leader in this progressive space, working to reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 1990 levels and working to achieve 50 percent of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

But there is something more Albany can do.

Fewer than 1 percent of all cars in our state are electric vehicles (EVs), according to state DMV data. More EVs would go a long way to protecting the environment.

Unfortunately, in Albany, auto dealers have worked to block companies such as Tesla from directly selling zero-emissions electric vehicles to more New Yorkers. A bill that would allow more Tesla stores in New York is currently stuck in the Assembly transportation committee.

State legislators should stand up to Washington and political pressure from traditional auto dealers and help New York continue its legacy of environmental leadership by letting more electric vehicles be sold directly to New Yorkers, especially in upstate.

Anne Reynolds
Albany
Executive Director, ACE NY