Thursday, 07 January 2021 23:21

Car Group Sues Over Minnesota Adopting California Emission Standards

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square
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...our concerns and good faith efforts to discuss other options,” Lambert said.


“Instead, the MPCA is hellbent on adopting California’s mandates, which will result in higher costs for consumers and fewer choices of product that consumers want to purchase. It threatens the ability of many dealers to stay in business. We were left with no choice but to bring our grievances to court,” Lambert said.


Lambert instead asked Walz's administration for a compromise. 


“MADA remains committed to working on the emerging electric car market and will pursue legislation in the 2021 legislative session that promotes demand, more infrastructure and education around these vehicles," he said. 


One way to boost fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases is to make lighter vehicles.


But lighter vehicles are also more dangerous than heavy ones in wrecks, H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow on environmental policy at the Heartland Institute, previously told The Center Square.


Darin Broton, MPCA director of communications, told The Center Square the legislature set a bipartisan goal to reduce Minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. 


"To help meet that goal, Minnesota has proposed clean car standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and give consumers more choices when purchasing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles," Broton wrote in an email.


"Minnesota’s proposed clean car standards for low emission vehicles have been used in all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in Minnesota from 2012 to 2020 and already adopted in 14 states with Nevada and New Mexico also seeking adoption. Auto dealers in Minnesota have been successfully selling more stringent low-emission vehicles since 2012, and they can meet Minnesota’s proposed standards for years to come.”


However, electric cars have environmental damage tradeoffs.


While they don’t guzzle gas, a single Tesla requires 7 kg of lithium for its battery pack, which requires an energy-intensive extraction from the brine of salt flats that can damage the environment and cause water shortages, such as in Chile’s Atacama and Argentina’s Salar de Hombre Muerto regions, Ronald J. Deibert explains in his book “Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for a Civil Society.”


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