House Democrat's bill would facilitate electric car chargers at all national parks

House Democrat's bill would facilitate electric car chargers at all national parks
© Greg Nash

Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Wednesday that would promote the installation of electric car chargers at all national parks.

Transportation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, Levin said in a statement, with light-duty vehicles such as light-duty trucks and passenger cars comprising 60 percent of such emissions.

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Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoHouse and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect 'Dreamers' Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid Former state senator gets DSCC endorsement in North Carolina Senate race MORE (D-Nev.) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

Under the Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act, the Department of Energy, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service would secure infrastructure for the charging stations through companies and nonprofits and acquire zero-emission vehicles and shuttle buses for National Park Service and Forest Service fleets.

“Greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are destroying our planet, polluting the air we breathe, and driving the climate crisis,” Levin said in a statement. “It is imperative that we expedite the transition to cleaner cars and expand the charging infrastructure they require.”

“We can either embrace Zero Emission Vehicles and the clean energy jobs they create, or let other countries take the lead and reap the economic reward,” he added. “I think we should lead, and I’m thrilled to join Senator Cortez Masto in that effort.”

Levin previously introduced legislation that would set federal standards for zero-emission vehicles to boost the market for such transportation.