Clean cars are the future


From: Janel Dean

Minnesota City


Clean cars are more usually affordable — especially over time, create thousands of jobs, and improve health and climate.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota and in the U.S. Minnesota is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals — set forth in the state’s Next Generation Energy act. While huge gains in emission reductions have come from the electric utility sector, it is not enough to put us on track to reach the state target goals set for 2025 and 2050.

To address transportation pollution, Governor Walz has joined with 14 other states in adopting clean car standards which are currently under consideration in Minnesota. If adopted, these rules will help meet emission goals and transition us to a cleaner, better future by increasing the number of low-emission vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the state.

Clean car standards don’t require Minnesotans to purchase different vehicles —  internal combustion engines will still be available. The standards won’t come into affect until 2025, which is interestingly also the same time researchers report that the price of a new EV to be on par with the price of a new internal combustion engine. Owning an EV allows drivers to bypass the pump and saves drivers thousands over the lifetime of the vehicle. Fueling an EV translates to approx. $1/gallon.

The designing and building of clean cars and EV infrastructure creates tens of thousands of jobs and keeps us current with other countries that are quickly accelerating to cleaner economies.

Respiratory diseases are directly related to greenhouse gas emissions increasing premature deaths. Clean cars save lives.

These cars are needed to take us successfully into the future.


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