MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — Seventeen states whose vehicle emissions standards are tied to California’s must decide whether to adopt that state’s new rules — the strictest in the nation — that require all new cars, trucks or SUVs to be electric. Should or should use hydrogen by 2025.
Under the Clean Air Act, states must meet federal government standards for vehicle emissions unless they choose to at least partially meet California’s stricter standards.
Among them, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont are planning to adopt California’s move to ban new gasoline vehicles. Colorado and Pennsylvania are among the states that might not.
The legal foundation is a bit more hazy in Minnesota, where the state’s “clean vehicle” regulation has been a political minefield and the scene of a court battle. For their part, Republicans are rioting in Virginia.
The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association said it studied state and federal law that California’s new rules automatically take effect in the state and decided to take its case to court in an attempt to block them.
“Vehicles with such technology don’t perform well in cold weather,” said association president Scott Lambert. “We don’t all live in Southern California.”
Officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency say the state will have to go through an entirely new regulatory process for California to adopt the changes. And in court documents and legislative hearings, they have indicated they do not plan to do so yet.
“We are not California. Minnesota has its own plan,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement. He described the Minnesota program as “a smart way to increase, rather than decrease, for consumers.” Our priority is to reduce costs and increase options. so that Minnesotans can drive the right vehicle for themselves.”
Regulatory authorities in Oregon are accepting public input and will continue to do so until Sept. 7 on whether or not California adopts the new provisions. For their part, Colorado regulators, who adopted California’s older provisions, will not follow the new ones in that state, the government of Democratic Governor Jared Polis said.