One year ago, I was proud to be part of Governor Walz’s announcement sharing his bold vision for Clean Cars Minnesota. An initiative to bring clean car standards to our state and cement Minnesota’s position as a climate leader in the Midwest and positions our state to be competitive in a rapidly evolving electric marketplace.
Study upon study has unequivocally shown that clean car standards would benefit the health of Minnesotans, especially Black and Indigenous Minnesotans and other communities of color who are disproportionately affected by air pollution from tailpipe emissions. Beyond that, studies have shown that clean car standards give customers more vehicle-buying choices and save Minnesotans money – all while helping clean up our air.
Over the past year, Clean Cars Minnesota inspired thousands of Minnesotans from all corners of the state to speak up in support of clean car standards at the legislature’s six public hearings, at six public meetings hosted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and by submitting nearly 2,000 official comments online. I’m thankful for everyone who engaged in the feedback process and urge all parties to ensure that Clean Cars Minnesota is finalized as soon as possible. The Minnesota Senate’s redundant public hearings during the 2020 legislative session have reconfirmed MPCA’s existing authority to protect Minnesotans from tailpipe pollution, while Big Oil’s well-funded misinformation campaign has failed to persuade Minnesotans, whose voices must now be heard.
This week is Climate Week and while there is no good news to share about Clean Cars Minnesota, I can promise you that Fresh Energy will continue to be your clean energy champion and fight for clean car standards in our state. Now more than ever we need to stand up for Minnesota’s air, water, and all who call our state home.