Petition_Clean Energy_Button.pngAn Electric Opportunity: Using Volkswagen settlement funds for electrification

After Volkswagen deceived the American people over their fraudulent “clean diesel” claims, they’ve been held accountable in a big way. As part of the settlement over their fraud, Vermont is eligible for nearly $19 million to go towards clean transportation projects. This is an incredible opportunity to kickstart our transportation transformation, and clean up the air for our children by investing in electric school buses.

Last month, the Scott Administration released their draft plan for how they think the funds should be used. Instead of prioritizing electrification, the Administration’s plan leaves the door open to buying a whole lot of new diesel vehicles when we need to be getting off fossil fuels as fast as we can.

After hearing your voices, the Administration has decided to give the Legislature the authority over how the funds are spent. Many legislators have already expressed interest in directing the funds towards electric buses, but to make that happen your voice is needed!

Ask your legislators to use VW funds for electrification projects, particularly electric school buses.

Please use the form below to write a quick message to your legislators. Feel free to use any of the points below:

  • All of the settlement funds can and should be dedicated to electrification: 15% for charging stations and 85% for electric buses. Stating this clear intent in the plan will help towns and cities put together proposals for buses in their area.
  • Electric school buses make a difference where it matters most: cleaning the air for our children and helping them see that a clean transportation future is possible. Children are among the most vulnerable to health impacts from air pollution caused by diesel emissions.
  • Electric school & transit buses save money on maintenance and fuel every year. Those savings would translate into direct benefits for Vermonters.
  • The upfront cost of electric school buses is still out of reach for school districts without these funds. New diesel buses, on the other hand, are rapidly becoming more mainstream.
  • We agree with the Administration’s proposal to maximize the portion of the funds (15%) that can be used for charging stations for passenger vehicles. This will help speed the transition for individual Vermonters to make the choice to go electric. But the entire settlement should be dedicated to electrification for this money to make a real impact.

To [Legislator],

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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