September 25, 2019
STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
CHICAGO – Governor Walz announced his intention that Minnesota adopt California’s Clean Car standards as permissible under the Clean Air Act. The Clean Car Standards will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from tailpipes and increase consumer electric vehicle options.
“The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends Governor Walz for stepping up with this climate change solution to accelerate modern, clean cars and advance jobs for the transportation future. Midwestern states should be leaders in moving toward cleaner cars and reducing greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
“Climate change harms Minnesota, the Great Lakes and our region. The Trump administration’s misguided action last week undercuts California’s and other states’ long-standing authority under the Clean Air Act to implement effective standards to modernize vehicles. The Attorneys General of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have joined California and other states to challenge this Trump administration attack on state leadership to protect clean air and public health.
“States must step up to lead on climate change solutions while the Trump administration rolls back sensible standards. We welcome Governor Walz’s announcement today and urge governors across the Midwest to act now for cleaner cars and climate change solutions.”