Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today in response to the Biden Administration's executive order calling for half of new car sales to be electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
"The Biden administration has taken much-needed actions to meaningfully reduce pollution from cars and trucks. Transportation is our country’s number one source of emissions. We thank President Biden for building from existing efforts between California and auto manufacturers in order to move swiftly.
"As we’ve seen from the devastating droughts and wildfires raging across the West, climate change is already here. We must act boldly and urgently. As federal agencies take next steps, we urge the Biden Administration to enable state leadership by empowering states to accelerate the transition to clean cars and trucks through strong vehicle standards, and to deliver on its commitments of a nationwide build-out of clean vehicle and mass transit infrastructure.
"Washington looks forward to its continued partnership with the Biden Administration, industries and other states to realize our clean energy future."