July 9, 2018
A majority of Californians support clean transportation initiatives and clean air policies—and they’re willing to pay for it, according to a recent survey conducted by the Coalition for Clean Air. Nine out of 10 Californians surveyed identified gasoline-powered cars and trucks as sources of pollution, and 63 percent of survey respondents identified diesel trucks and semis as another major contributor.
More than two-thirds of survey respondents said that the state should pursue both a near-term transition to near-zero-emission vehicles for an immediate improvement in air quality and a long-term plan for switching to zero-emission trucks when the technology is available. Specifically, 76 percent of respondents said they would support a move to near-zero-emission vehicles that could replace diesel trucks now, and 74 percent backed requiring the adoption of zero-emission vehicles when feasible. In fact, there was very little support for going all-in on one clean vehicle technology—90 percent of respondents opposed deploying just one approach.
“These survey results support the Coalition’s call for the state to take a technology-neutral approach to meeting California’s air quality goals,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson. “We believe all AFVs can play a role in reducing air pollution. Picking winners and losers before the market decides has never been a recipe for success. We sponsored AB 2061 for this very reason, to show that the NGV industry believes in an all-of-the-above approach to clean air solutions.”
The survey also showed that respondents are willing to pay additional costs to implement policies that would reduce air pollution in their community. More than half said they would be willing to pay $50 a year, while more than two-thirds would be willing to pay $20 annually.
The “California Voter Views of Clean Air and Clean Vehicle Policies” survey polled 638 randomly chosen voters in California in March, and the results were released in June. Research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) selected additional samples in areas disproportionately affected by commercial vehicle traffic, including the CA-99 corridor between Fresno and Bakersfield, the I-710 corridor, the Inland Empire, and West Oakland. Respondents in those areas reported that their families experienced a higher level of harm than the average of statewide respondents, and expressed the belief that they are bearing more of the impact of air pollution than Californians in other parts of the state.
“It’s encouraging that Californians see that near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles are complementary paths to reducing air pollution in their communities,” said Lawson.
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