Denying California the right to set its own emissions standards -- and Colorado the right to adopt them-- hurts all 50 states
COLORADO -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to rescind California’s authority to impose stronger car pollution regulations than the federal government. This proposal comes at a time when two in three Americans say the United States needs to do more on climate change and several leading automakers already have agreed to follow California’s tougher emissions standards.
In response, Environment America’s Clean Cars campaign director Morgan Folger and Environment Colorado’s state director Hannah Collazo released the following statements:
“Instead of thwarting states’ efforts to limit global warming pollution, the federal government should be making it easier to fight this existential crisis. Or even better, we should institute stronger national standards so states don’t have to devise their own. When even major automakers are willing to comply with California emissions rules, it’s clear that this administration will be on the wrong side of history,” said Folger.
“Only a few months ago, Colorado adopted California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) control regulations because we didn’t think the federal ones were strong enough. Transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado, and it’s poised to become the largest as we get more of our electricity from renewable sources. States should have more options on how to combat those contributors to climate change, not fewer.” said Collazo.
Environment America is a national network of 29 state environmental groups. Our staff work together for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the United States put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which runs organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done.
Environment Colorado works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Colorado is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.