Show your support for Clean Cars by attending a public meeting

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

As MPCA moves forward with rulemaking, it is critical that they know – and that the public record shows – that Minnesotans support this policy. Big Oil is already spending political dollars on misinformation campaigns to try to prevent this rule from being adopted. MPCA needs to hear from real people who care about reducing climate pollution, protecting ourselves and our neighbors from the hazards of poor air quality, and increasing access to clean transportation options for all Minnesotans.

The series of public meetings hosted by MPCA is listed below. This is a great opportunity to show up and let the agency know why you support Clean Cars. Scroll down for more information about why Coalition for Clean Transportation supports Clean Cars Minnesota.

 

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 4: Webinar

  • 12-1 p.m.

  • The content of the webinar will be the same as the public meetings.

  • Check MPCA's site for log in information.

 

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

Clean Cars will provide broad benefits to Minnesotans

Clean Cars Minnesota Benefits Health​​

 

  • Cleaner cars means cleaner air. Air pollution from sources like cars and trucks is full of chemicals that harm human health and contributed to 4,000 deaths last year in our state alone.​ Communities overburdened by freeway traffic are especially at risk.

 

  • 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.​

 

  • Children, the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions are the most vulnerable to the harmful effects of vehicle emissions that come from burning fossil fuels. Clean Cars will dramatically reduce these emissions and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.​

 

  • Burning less diesel and gas means cleaner water, protecting the 10,000 lakes we love.

Clean Cars Minnesota Benefits Climate

  • Cars and trucks on Minnesota roads are the #1 source of climate change-causing pollution in our state and nationally.

 

  • Minnesotans are already feeling the impacts of a changing climate. Our winters are warming 13 times faster than our summers and extreme weather is becoming more frequent. If we take no action, Minnesota is on track to lose our boreal forests by 2070. This includes the most common trees found in Northern Minnesota like birches, pines, and spruces.

 

  • Clean car standards are critical to meeting Minnesota’s long-term climate goals and protecting the Minnesota we know and love for future generations.

Clean Cars Minnesota Provides Consumer Choice

 

  • Of the approximately 51,000 light duty vehicles on dealer lots in Minnesota, only about 300 of those are electric vehicles. This is because zero emission vehicles go to the states that have Clean Car Standards. Clean Cars Minnesota will ensure that a broad range of zero emission and low emission vehicles will be available for purchase in Minnesota.

  • According to the latest consumer report, about 6 in 10 prospective car buyers in Minnesota are interested in electric vehicles, and 30 percent say they would consider buying or leasing one within the next two years.

 

  • Zero emission vehicles can save Minnesotans money, with lower maintenance and operating costs. Zero emission vehicles rely on electricity, which has a lower and less volatile price than gasoline, and they do not require oil changes and many other types of maintenance.

Coalition for Clean Transportation

Organizing Lead: Noa Shavit-Lonstein, MN350

noa@mn350.org

651-233-4210

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