In 2009, the federal government, the auto industry, and state officials around the U.S. reached a historic agreement to steadily improve passenger vehicle mileage. These improvements would help …
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In 2009, the federal government, the auto industry, and state officials around the U.S. reached a historic agreement to steadily improve passenger vehicle mileage. These improvements would help reduce harmful tailpipe emissions and carbon pollution, as well as help American families and businesses save money on fuel costs.
But the Environmental Protection Agency, in its latest move to weaken environmental protections, is planning to roll back these standards. Doing so would upend the historic 2009 agreement and result in more pollution and more greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, Colorado has the option of adopting our own advanced clean car standards just as 12 other states and the District of Columbia have done. If we do this, at least here in Colorado we can maintain the current forward-looking fuel efficiency standards even if federal standards are weakened.
Thanks to Governor Hickenlooper's leadership, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is now considering doing just that. We applaud the governor and the AQCC for taking this important step. And on August 16, when the commission formally kicks off this process, we encourage them to consider both the so-called “Low Efficiency Vehicle” standards, which focus on fuel efficiency, and the “Zero Emission Vehicle” standards, which would expand consumer options for electric vehicles and make it easier for Coloradans who want to buy electric vehicles to do so.
Here in Golden we understand both the dangers of harmful air pollution and the opportunities presented by expanding access to electric vehicles. Improving air quality, reducing the risks of climate disruption, and opening up the electric vehicle market are all big wins for Golden residents and Coloradans across the state.
Marjorie Sloan is the current mayor of Golden. Jacob Smith is a former mayor of Golden, and is currently the executive director of Colorado Communities for Climate Action.
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