We asked, you answered: thousands of residents from across the state have shared their thoughts on the proposed Clean Cars Minnesota rule, which Governor Walz announced in September 2019. Minnesota is proposing to adopt two vehicle-emissions standards — the Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard and the Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standard — to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other tailpipe pollution.
The Clean Cars Minnesota rule will ensure that new cars sold in Minnesota will emit less greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollutants. The cars, pick-up trucks, and SUVs we drive each day are now the largest source of greenhouse gases in our state, and the Clean Cars Minnesota rule would reduce their impact on our environment. Clean Cars Minnesota will also help us get back on track to meet our statewide goals for GHG emissions reductions.
Between October and December 2019, the MPCA asked for initial feedback from Minnesotans on the proposed Clean Cars Minnesota rule. (There will be more opportunities to provide input in the coming months.) We received over 1,000 written comments from individuals, businesses, local governments, environmental advocates, faith groups, and other organizations.
The most repeated idea — in 40% percent of the comments — was support for reducing GHG emissions and the importance of taking action to reduce the impacts of climate change.
- “Human impact on the environment got us into this climate mess, and only aggressive human action will help us get out.”
- “As someone who cares about air quality and climate change, these standards seem like an excellent way to reduce the negative climate impacts of transportation.”
- “I believe it is our responsibility to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions, combat climate change, and reduce air pollution. Since the federal government is not acting, it is up to us.”
- “When our children ask about our actions on climate change, I want them to be able to say that Minnesota was on the front line for making a real difference.”
Other common topics included support for improving air quality, support for greater electric vehicle availability in Minnesota, and the health benefits of reducing air pollution from vehicles. We heard a variety of views about the perceived costs and benefits for consumers: some comments voiced concerns about the potential costs of implementing the emissions standards, and others described potential cost savings for consumers. To read a more detailed summary of the written comments we received, or to access a PDF containing all submitted comments, visit our webpage: What we heard.