Today, Minnesota officially became the newest clean cars state when Governor Tim Walz signed Clean Cars Minnesota into law.
Every day, Minnesotans drive more than 123 million miles—the distance from Earth to the sun, and halfway back again. These miles add up to a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, making cars and trucks the number one source of climate pollution for the transportation sector in our state. While Minnesota is working to curb the number of vehicle miles traveled by increasing investments in electrification and in public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, more must be done to reduce the emissions from vehicles on the road. That’s where clean car standards come into play.
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced it is proposing to reinstate states’ authority to adopt stronger tailpipe pollution standards under the Clean Air Act.
With the end of session looming, the Minnesota Legislature has begun to hear consensus business, including some much needed clean energy initiatives.
Federal tailpipe emissions rollbacks starkly illustrate the need for the type of state-level action and committed health, safety, and climate leadership shown by Governor Tim Walz and his administration.