TO THE EDITOR:
I wholeheartedly agree with Mitch Bainwol's comment in "Check the record: Automakers do support better fuel economy" (Dec. 17) that "Much has changed in the marketplace since 2012, when the Obama administration standards were unveiled. The expectations forged then about today's conditions were demonstrably off." Indeed.
Consider that in these past five years, London has implemented a ban of petrol and diesel cars on certain streets; China has set a sales quota of 10 percent electric vehicles and plug-ins for 2019; and Paris announced it will ban petrol cars by 2030. Just this October, the United Nations issued a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that describes a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought.
As a Californian, I look to our state and local elected officials to take the lead in generating jobs for the new economy and lead the world in solving the environmental crisis. A mandate to make California 100 percent EV-powered by 2030 is doable. Today, 5 percent of vehicle sales are plug-in hybrids or EVs, and in my neighborhood, it's more like 20 percent. Heck, in 2012, the state passed a voter initiative to raise sales tax, and just in November rejected a repeal of a 12-cents-a-gallon tax hike.
If Mr. Bainwol wants California to compromise, then let's make it 2035.
We can do this.
DENIS CAGNA, Los Angeles, The writer has worked on large-scale financial process re-engineering projects for the last 25 years, including 10 years with automakers.