Minnesota Clean Cars Will Save Money & Cut Pollution, New Study Shows

Credit to Author: NRDC| Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:22:32 +0000

Published on September 15th, 2020 | by NRDC

September 15th, 2020 by  

Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog.
By Simon Mui 

An independent consultant report released today confirmed that Minnesota’s efforts to adopt a clean cars program will significantly cut air pollution, benefit public health, and save consumers money. Governor Tim Walz directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last fall to begin a public process to consider a Clean Cars Minnesota program. If adopted, Minnesota would be joining 14 other states that have already adopted their own clean cars program and which collectively represent 36% of the U.S. market. The release of the report follows a letter submitted last week by 46 organizations — including businesses, public health organizations, consumer advocates, labor representatives, social justice, faith-based groups, and conservationists — supporting a Clean Cars Minnesota program.

Minnesota’s efforts to adopt a clean cars program will significantly cut air pollution, benefit public health, and save consumers money (about $1,600), a new report shows.

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The new report, conducted by Shulock Consulting, analyzed the impacts of Minnesota adopting a clean cars program. The report was commissioned by NRDC with input from Fresh Energy, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and Shift2Electric. As summarized here by the Minnesotans for Clean Cars coalition, the analysis found:

The report also concludes that in terms of public health and the environment, a Clean Cars Minnesota program will:

One additional benefit from increased electric vehicle (EV) adoption is the increased utilization of spare capacity on the electric grid which generally results in lower rates for all electricity customers. The study cites an estimate of Minnesota electricity customers saving $57 million through 2030 regardless of whether they drive an EV.

It comes as no surprise that oil industry lobbyists are unhappy. They’ve now teamed up with the Koch-brother funded group, the Center for the American Experiment, to oppose clean car standards. The lobbyists have tried to sow fear and doubt in the Minnesota legislature through disinformation, which groups like Fresh Energy have debunked (see blog here).

The consultant report further clarifies misnomers about a clean cars program based on existing data, information, and implementation in other states, citing that:

The study provides strong evidence that clean car standards will be a triple-win, aiding Minnesota’s economy, environment, and public health. The rule-making to consider and adopt a program is supported by a broad spectrum of 46 organizations across the state and country. More than ever, we need reasonable people working together to overcome our near-term and longer-term economic, public health, and environmental challenges.
 
 


 

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