On October 12, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the Clean Cities Act to authorize the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. Clean Fuels Ohio is one of 75 designated Clean Cities coalitions working in communities throughout America to accelerate advanced and sustainable transportation. Clean Cities is nearly 29 years old but has never been formally authorized in statute.
“Pollution and emissions from the transportation sector threaten the health and safety of our communities every day,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “As we have seen through the increase in global temperatures and severe weather events such as droughts or wildfires, urgent action is necessary to address our climate crisis. From helping localities transition to cleaner vehicles to installing electric vehicle charging stations, Clean Cities coalitions play a critical role in green infrastructure development. The Clean Cities Act will help communities in Virginia and throughout the United States reduce their carbon footprint and create a healthier, greener future for our country.”
“The Clean Cities program has been one of the nation’s most effective tools in promoting the use of cleaner domestic fuel sources, improving local air quality, and deploying advanced vehicle technologies,” said Alleyn Harned, President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit organization that works closely with the country’s Clean Cities coalitions. “Congressman McEachin’s legislation will empower the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition and our colleagues across the country to leverage hundreds of millions in private investment to enable vehicles using electricity, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen to advance in the marketplace.”
“Clean Cities has always enjoyed strong bi-partisan support within Ohio’s Congressional delegation because we focus on win-win solutions that improve health and environmental while increasing jobs and prosperity in every urban, rural and suburban community,” said Sam Spofforth, CEO of Clean Fuels Ohio. “This legislation would provide greater stability and support to ensure our vital efforts can continue into the future.”