Trump might like dirty cars, but electric vehicles are coming anyway
The transportation sector today emits more carbon than any other sector of the US economy. And it is shaping up to be the next big battle in the long fight to decarbonize. On one side of that battle: the Trump administration, a few US automakers, and the Koch brothers, who would like to stymie or at least delay the electrification of our vehicles and continue the use of fossil fuels. On the other side: California, a coalition of like-minded states, most automakers, a growing roster of utilities, climate hawks, and, more recently, Uber. All of them are eager to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles (EVs), so that the sector can be run on increasingly clean grid power.
VOX / 06.26.2018
Good News for Colorado Drivers: Hickenlooper Moves to Adopt State Clean Car Standards
This week Governor Hickenlooper ordered his agency staff to move forward in adopting California Clean Car Standards for Colorado – a move that would prevent the harm to Colorado consumers that the anticipated federal rollback of fuel economy and emissions standards is expected to bring. At the same time, California regulators released an analysis that sheds light on just how much damage a rollback of federal vehicle standards is likely to have if state clean car standards are not kept in place. What’s at stake? A lot, including billions of dollars in additional gasoline spending. And sadly, the Auto Alliance – the trade group representing major auto companies including Ford, GM, and Toyota – has resorted to a misinformation campaign to turn Coloradans against cleaner cars.
Union of Concerned Scientists / 06.22.2018
Colorado joins California in fight to prevent Trump from weakening auto emissions rules
As the Trump administration moves to roll back ambitious vehicle-emissions targets, California and several other states that rely on those standards to achieve their clean air goals have enlisted an influential new partner in the fight to keep the rules intact. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that his state plans to join a dozen others that will refuse to go along with any rollback. Instead, it will join the other states in invoking a provision under the Clean Air Act that allows them to follow California in continuing to pursue the aggressive goals set during the Obama administration. Those goals aim to have cars and SUVs rolling onto showroom floors averaging 55 miles per gallon by 2025.
Los Angeles Times / 06.20.2018
Making Progress on Clean Vehicles in Colorado
Pursuant to the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, hereby issue this Executive Order to ensure that the State of Colorado maintains the progress made in achieving a cleaner motor vehicle fleet.
In order to maintain progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles sold in Colorado, the Coloardo Department of Public Health and Environment shall:
- Develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program, which incorporates the requirements of the California LEV program; and
- Propose that rule to the Coloardo Air Quality Control Commission during its August 2018 meeting for possible adoption into the Coloardo Code of Regulations by December 30, 2018
Office of the Governor of Colorado / 06.19.2018
A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80 000 Extra Deaths per Decade
The administration is also targeting the control of air pollution from motor vehicles, indicating a desire to weaken greenhouse gas and fuel economy targets for automobiles. Nothing formal has been proposed, but Trump has spoken about rolling back new rules put in place by the Obama administration. Based on the regulatory impact analysis performed when those rules were proposed, it was estimated that they would lead to a reduction of 5500 deaths and 140 000 cases of respiratory ailments in children over a decade—benefits that would be lost if the rules are rolled back. Repealing these rules will also have negative effects on certain types of jobs, the environment (global warming pollution), and consumer savings. The administration is also planning to repeal the emission requirements for glider vehicles—rebuilt trucks that do not meet current environmental standards—a loophole that could lead to as many as 41 000 premature deaths per decade and 900 000 cases of respiratory tract symptoms.
Journal of American Medicine / 06.14.2018