Bluestem Action Alert
An important vote is coming up on
Every vote is critical.
Please call your state representative and tell him/her to add his/her name as a cosponsor for HB 3424, the Illinois Clean Car Act. This bill will be voted by April 18 and has a good chance of passing, but every vote is critical. Please call today. This is a state, not a federal bill. Do not call your Congressman, but your state representative.
If your state representative is Bob Biggins or Michael Fortner, please call them and thank them for being cosponsors. Thank you calls are important because paid auto industry lobbyists call them every day trying to get them to change their minds. They need to hear that their constituents appreciate their support for this bill. Other cosponsors, the text and progress of the bill can be seen at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=3424&GAID=9&GA=95&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=32293&SessionID=51
The Clean Car Act, HB 3424,
will protect public health and curb global warming by requiring automakers to
put cleaner technology into new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in
Under the federal Clean Air Act, states have the authority to set more stringent automobile standards than those mandated by the federal government. Thirteen other states, CA, OR, WA, NY, MA, VT, ME, RI, MD, CT, NJ, and PA have used this authority to adopt stronger standards, known as the low emission vehicle standard (LEV II) or California standard.
The result is that clean
burning, low pollution cars are sent to the West Coast and the East Coast, but
dirty, high-pollution cars are sent to
Passing a clean car standard
It will reduce particulate matter which is linked to asthma. It will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), a major cause of global warming.
Clean car standards are cost effective and will actually save drivers money at the pump because these standards will be met, in part, by raising the miles per gallon.
For a more detailed analysis of HB 3424 and to see the Illinois Sierra Club’s other priority bill this session (subject of future action alerts), visit the Illinois Sierra Club website at http://illinois.sierraclub.org/. Click on “Legislative” in the green band at the left.
Please call your
You can reach the General Assembly switchboard at 217-782-2000 and ask for your representative.
Find out your current state representative and his/her local contact information on the Illinois General Assembly website at http://www.ilga.gov/. Look at the bottom right under “Additional Resources;” click on Legislator Look Up.
With your help, we can pass this bill. Thank you so much for making your call!
Linda Sullivan and Julia Nephew
Bluestem Action Alert Network Co-chairs