Celebrating a Year of Victories

2022 Was A Milestone Year For Coltura. 

  • In Washington State, we led a coalition to pass the Clean Cars 2030 bill into law, setting the most aggressive target in the nation for all new cars to be electric. 

  • In California, our efforts starting in 2017 finally bore fruit in the form of a 2035 gas car phaseout regulation. 

  • We launched Clean Cars 2030 campaigns in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to build momentum for a national gas car phaseout.

  • And we conducted paradigm-shifting research in California to help the biggest gasoline users (Gasoline Superusers) switch to EVs. 


2023 Will Be Even Bigger

  • We’re expanding the Clean Cars 2030 campaign to even more states.

  • We’ll take our cutting-edge research on gasoline use nationwide – disclosing consumer gasoline consumption in unprecedented detail.

  • We’ll use that research to develop policy to prioritize switching Gasoline Superusers to EVs.


Donor Spotlight: Charlie Michel

I retired a few years ago from a career in petroleum engineering, which is all about how to get hydrocarbons out of the ground. I can tell you the industry burns a lot of fossil fuel and uses a lot of electricity just to extract and refine what we consumers use.

I’m afraid I have caused a lot of fuel to be burned during my career. Now a primary focus of mine is carbon footprint reduction both for me and by helping others do the same. I have two electric vehicles and a net zero-emission home. I’ve adopted a 100% plant-based diet which is of similar carbon benefit.

I donate to Coltura because I believe in their worthy mission to eliminate burning of gasoline. I have found Coltura to be effective in moving public policy towards a focus on gasoline and bringing an eventual stop to its use.--Charlie Michel

Coltura extends its sincere gratitude to Charlie and to all of our donors. Thank you for everything you do to help us move our country beyond gasoline.

EV Initiative for Tribal Nations Will Reduce Communities' Gasoline Use 

Native Americans on tribal lands often travel longer distances than others – an average of 12 miles to the grocery store vs. 2 miles for non-Native Americans, and 20 to 30 miles to school. 

The Biden Administration’s EV Initiative for Tribal Nations will help reduce gasoline use in tribal communities by prioritizing funding for zero-emission school buses for schools that serve tribal lands, and facilitating EV charging and EV-related jobs on tribal lands.

Gas Station of the Month:
Bonfare Market, Sacramento, California

The Bonfare Market and Gas Station in Sacramento is harming the environment again. Leaks in its underground storage tanks have contaminated groundwater and leaked into the soil. Last year one leaking tank was removed; now a second tank has been found to be leaking.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift that will help cut gasoline use?  Here are a few ideas to celebrate the season.

For kids:

Coltura’s children’s book, Sparky's Electrifying Tale is the only children’s book about the harms of gasoline and benefits of cleaner alternatives. 

Kids can also learn about the best “vehicle” for displacing gasoline with this Matchbox Set of EVs. Set includes electric buses, cars and work vehicles. 

For adults:

Replace their fossil fuel car with an EV or perhaps an electric cargo bike.

And for the biggest impact of all, make a donation to Coltura in their name.


Give the Gift of Climate Hope

A Commitment to Reduce Gasoline?
USPS Sends Mixed Messages

Earlier this year the US Postal Service under pressure from the EPA and lawsuits by 15 states, committed that 40% of its new vehicle purchases would be EVs. Its gasoline-powered trucks get an abysmal 9 miles per gallon and go through 114.3 million gallons of gasoline per year. (By comparison, the Department of Defense uses 4.6 BILLION gallons of fuel a year.) USPS has announced plans to purchase 34,000 zero-emission mail trucks in the upcoming year. It is unclear how much gasoline will be displaced by these trucks, as USPS has not disclosed the gasoline use of the particular trucks being replaced. And, despite increased funding to purchase EVs, there is still no commitment from USPS to electrify the other 60% of new vehicles.

Coltura has so much to be thankful for this holiday season.  We are so fortunate to have:

  • Our  dedicated, enormously helpful board of directors: Carlos Manzanedo, Erick Frederick, Easen Ho, Paul Fredlund, Grace Reamer, SJ Hwang, and now Doug Pearson;
  • Our advisory board of John Bolander, Aaron Isherwood, Franke James, John Picard, Joe Quintana, Emma Roginski, Adam Stern, Anushka Srinivasan, and Zoe Wong-VanHaren, who are always there to advise us or open a door;   
  • Our generous and faithful donors, who believe in our mission of moving America beyond gasoline and our ability to carry it out;
  • Generous foundations and their staffs, especially including the Zero Now Fund, the Bullitt Foundation, and their representatives  Rebecca Dane, Maame Boakye, Michael Marx, and Rashad Morris, who supported Coltura with early grants;
  • Our strong team of economists, statisticians, data scientists, and programmers, led by Paul Rosler, Til Dietrich, Sorin Dragan, Olusamni Hundogan, and Matson Ho, who are powering a revolution in how we measure and map gasoline use;
  • Our wise and experienced team of advocates, campaigners, and legislative affairs experts, led by Rob Sargent, Christian Sinderman, and Joanna Grist; Our Clean Cars 2030 state partner organizations and leaders in Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Green Energy Consumers Alliance–Larry Chretien and Anna VanderSpek), New Jersey (Environment America–Doug O’Malley), and Michigan (MEVA–Amy Rogghe and Melody Harvey; Ecology Center–Charles Griffith);
  • The many legislators who passed Clean Cars 2030 in Washington, especially Sen. Marko Liias, Rep. Nicole Macri, Rep. Jake Fey, Rep. Alex Ramel, Rep. Beth Doglio, and Sen. Joe Nguyen, and Assembly Member Phil Ting in California, who introduced gar car phaseout legislation and the first bill in the world tying EV incentives to gasoline consumption; 
  • Indefatigable campaigners to stop new gas stations Woody Hastings and Jenny Blaker at CONGAS;
  • Our talented and dedicated staff, including development director Adelaide Roberts and communications director Alexandra Zobel Espinel, our digital expert Jordan Frank, graphic designer Felipe Vasquez, bookkeeper Goran Brkic and former team members Samara Villasenor, Emily Lewis, Kris McRea, Dinah Swain and Kyle Ann Sebastian;
  • Our amazing volunteers and interns including Tony Talwar, Amitav Mohanty, Suresh Kotha, Julia Moravcsik, Andrew Kidde, Daniel Steinberg, Charlie Michel, Beth Etscheid, Miriam Reed, Ryan Espedal, Tony Billera, Cesar Lopez, Arvia Morris, Margaret O’Donnell, Sara Donato, Emma Roginski, Sam Perry, Teresa Gulli, and Nancy Federspiel;
  • All those who travel without using gasoline—your efforts are the foundation stones of a gasoline-free future;
  • And finally, to our dedicated readers of Gasoline Phaseout News who are committed to our mission of moving beyond gasoline and do so much to share it with others.

In 2023, we will continue to expand, nurture, and grow the community of people working to end the use of gasoline and make the world a greener and more equitable place.


Matthew and Janelle

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