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August 29, 2019, Fairfax, VA - Mothers Out Front Fairfax was pleased to be in attendance today as a sweeping Electric School Bus initiative was announced by Dominion Energy. The plan will put 50 electric school buses on the road in our state by next year and aims to have all diesel school bus replacements in Virginia be electric by 2030. Mothers Out Front Fairfax applauds Dominion’s initiative.
Mothers Out Front Fairfax has set a goal of transitioning Fairfax County Public Schools to all electric school buses as soon as possible, so Dominion’s announcement today is great news. This is an important, positive step toward giving our kids healthy air to breathe and a livable future in the face of climate change.
Fairfax County Public Schools operates about 1,625 diesel school buses, making it the second largest fleet in the country. In total Virginia has about 17,000 buses. This transition to no-emission buses will have a huge impact on our state and will set a great example for other states to work with their utility companies to produce a similar plan.
Electric buses eliminate the toxic diesel fumes which include carcinogens and other particulates that cause asthma and other breathing issues. It’s a no-brainer for improving our kids’ health, since many of them are on the bus for up to an hour at a time and the fumes are concentrated inside.
Additionally, the 15-year lifespan of a diesel bus is too close to the UN Climate Panel’s 10-year cut-off limit to turn back greenhouse emissions so that we can avoid the worst effects of climate change. Replacing these diesel buses with electric is a concrete way to show our kids that we adults are taking this threat seriously and that we care about their future. They ride on the buses every day, so it will be an impactful change. It’s a perfect first step toward electrifying all transportation in Virginia, which is of course the ultimate goal.
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Mothers Out Front is building a national movement of mothers working together to protect our children and our communities from climate change and the damaging health and other impacts of fossil fuel extraction and use.
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