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Hick Goes California, Pledging Adoption of West-Coast Emissions Standards

The Colorado governor is taking his state on a sharp left turn when it comes to vehicle standards.

By NTK Staff | 06.21.2018 @11:00am
Hick Goes California, Pledging Adoption of West-Coast Emissions Standards

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is taking Colorado vehicles on a sharp left turn in his final months in office, signing an executive order on Wednesday that compels the state to adopt California’s vehicle emissions standards by the end of the year.

The Colorado Springs Independent reported:

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment must develop a Low Emission Vehicle, or LEV, program based on California’s emissions standards, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced June 19.

The executive order is a reaction to the federal government’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for model years 2022 and beyond. The rollback could have “serious consequences for Colorado’s efforts to meet our clean energy goals by increasing carbon dioxide emissions from Colorado’s vehicle fleet by approximately 1.9 million tons a year by 2030,” Hickenlooper’s order reads.

While environmental advocates were pleased, the Independent reported a statement indicating that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers was not.

As it stands now, Coloradans may be looking at the kind of high gas prices that Californians pay to purchase carbon neutral fuel. If state regulators and policymakers move forward with adopting California’s standards on zero emission vehicles, Coloradans would be looking at paying millions, if not billions, of dollars to create the kind of infrastructure that would encourage people to buy these vehicles.

The alliance also noted that a poll conducted by the group last week found 61 percent of Coloradans opposed to adopting California’s standards.

Fox Denver reported that the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association is also opposed, given Coloradans “[buy] pickups, SUVS, vans and all-wheel-drive vehicles” more often than Californians.

There’s also the possibility that Hickenlooper’s executive order is about more than just the environment. His adoption of California standards could be a valuable talking point on the presidential trail in 2020, especially as he and other potential candidates mine for campaign cash on the nation’s left coast.

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