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Thursday, 08 July 2021 22:18

Environment Department, City of Albuquerque, NM, Begin Rulemaking Process for Clean Cars

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In 2019, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham committed the state to tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the state, which contribute to climate change and harm public health.

After drafting significant regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions from the highest emitting sector---the oil and gas industry---the state is beginning its campaign to reduce emissions from the second highest emitting sector in the state: transportation.

 

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the City of Albuquerque are announcing coordinated rulemaking efforts to adopt New Mexico Clean Car Rules in New Mexico and the city in spring 2022.

 

“A Clean Car rule will combat climate change, improve air quality, makes more inexpensive cars available to New Mexicans and stimulate our economy,” said Lujan Grisham. “Tackling emissions from the transportation sector is an essential part of reducing New Mexico’s carbon footprint.”

 

Clean car rules require auto dealers to sell a certain percentage of low-emission and zero-emission passenger vehicles. With many New Mexicans frequently using vehicles for long trips, these rules will be especially impactful and are expected to eliminate nearly 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030---the same as taking 200,000 cars off the road for an entire year.

 

“Having cleaner standards for new cars sold in New Mexico is a common-sense move to protect the health of Albuquerque and the state and bring electric cars to our markets,” said Albequerque Mayor Tim Keller. “We're showing that our cities and states are the drivers of change. Albuquerque and New Mexico are continuing to lead the way in our collective work to build more sustainable communities and combat climate change."

 

“We are fully committed to a transparent process that includes input from the public, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders to ensure...


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