To show our support, my colleagues and I formed a new Climate Action Caucus. This dedicated group of legislators will work with Minnesotans to create a bold, comprehensive plan to fight climate change. On Thursday, we’re kicking off a series of community events with a conversation about transportation issues. I hope that you’ll join us and help secure a future in which we all thrive!
Clean Car Standards
Governor Walz recently announced that Minnesota will be the fourteenth state to adopt clean car standards – and the first in the Midwest! As a state, this is one of the most important steps we can take to confront climate change because transportation is the largest source of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions. By 2030, low-emission vehicle (LEV) and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards are expected to reduce our carbon emissions by two million tons.
Clean car standards require automobile manufacturers to make and sell vehicles that emit lower levels of greenhouse gases and other pollutants and vehicles with ultra-low or zero tailpipe emissions, including electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid models. As a result, there will be more vehicles to choose from, air quality will improve, and Minnesotans will save money at the pump. More information about clean car standards is available here and at mn.gov/cleancars.
As an EV owner myself, I’m very excited about clean car standards coming to Minnesota!
All Minnesotans should have opportunities to share their experiences and participate in the legislative process. Since getting to the Capitol is a challenge for many people, my colleagues and I try to meet people where they are. We recently held a three-day mini session in southeastern Minnesota. We heard testimony from Minnesotans, held public committee meetings, and attended informational tours and presentations.
Rep. Hornstein, Rep. Wagenius, and I enjoyed discussing what cities can do to combat climate change with Mayor Kim Norton.