Time-Sensitive Opportunity: Weigh In On Clean Cars Minnesota

On September 25, Governor Walz announced Minnesota is moving forward with adopting rules that promote vehicles that produce less climate change-causing pollution and will result in cleaner, healthier air for Minnesotans.

 

So why do we need Clean Cars Minnesota?

  • Transportation is the largest emitting sector of climate change-causing pollution. It is essential to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels in order to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and fight climate change.

  • Cleaner cars mean cleaner air. Last year, air pollution from sources like cars and trucks contributed to 4,000 deaths in Minnesota.

  • Communities of color and low-income communities currently bear the brunt of negative health impacts from air pollution. Cleaning up emissions from transportation is an environmental justice issue.

  • Minnesotans deserve access to the full range of electric vehicles on the market. The Clean Cars rule will increase the number of electric vehicles available for purchase in the state.

  • Minnesotans are ready for electric vehicles. Six out of ten consumers are interested in electric vehicles, and 30% of Minnesota consumers would consider buying or leasing one in the next two years. More people recognize that electric cars are cheaper to maintain and fuel, and they are more affordable than ever.

  • Automakers – including Ford and GM – have announced plans for dozens of new electric models in the next five years, including twenty electric SUVs and crossovers. States with clean car standards will have greater access to these vehicles.

 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is tasked with writing the rule to implement this policy, and they are currently accepting public input.  

It’s important that MPCA hears your feedback to inform them as they develop the rule.

Public Meetings

There are a series of public meetings hosted by MPCA, listed below. This is a great opportunity to show up and let MPCA know why you support Clean Cars.

 

October 29: Fergus Falls

  • 5-7 p.m. (doors open at 4:45)

  • Otter Tail County Government Services Center

  • 500 W Fir Ave, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537

 

October 30: Burnsville

  • 5-7 p.m.

  • Burnsville City Hall Council Chambers

  • 100 Civic Center Pkwy, Burnsville, MN 55337

 

November 6: Marshall

  • 5-7 p.m.

  • Marshall Lyon County Library

  • 201 C St, Marshall, MN 56258

November 12: Virginia

  • 5-7 p.m.

  • Miner’s Memorial Building South Room

  • 821 S 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55792

 

November 14: Minneapolis

  • 5-7 p.m.

  • Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)

  • 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

November 19: Mankato

  • 5-7 p.m.

  • Blue Earth County Library

  • 100 E Main St, Mankato, MN 56001

Submit Comments Online

You can also take a moment to submit an online comment here by December 6th. Simply telling them why you support this rule will be impactful. More information on the rulemaking and request for comments can be found here. You can also sign up to receive email notifications of rulemaking developments or scheduled meetings, and read more about what to expect in the coming months.

Coalition for Clean Transportation

Organizing Lead: Noa Shavit-Lonstein, MN350

noa@mn350.org

651-233-4210

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