Rep. Mike Levin at a rally for environmental legislation in Washington earlier this year. Courtesy of his office

Rep. Mike Levin, who has championed environmental legislation, introduced a bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday that would spur installation of electric car chargers at national parks and forests.

The Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act would expand the charging infrastructure on National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service lands across the United States.

The bill would also require those agencies to convert their fleets, including shuttle buses, to zero-emission electric or hydrogen full-cell power.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“Greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are destroying our planet, polluting the air we breathe, and driving the climate crisis,” said Levin, a Democrat who represents north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties. “It is imperative that we expedite the transition to cleaner cars and expand the charging infrastructure they require.”

Earlier this year, Levin introduced the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2019, which would set a federal standard to boost the market for electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.