(Aug. 2) – House Democrats reacted strongly in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to reduce Obama-era emission standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish lower standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026.

“Fuel economy and emission standards help protect our clean air and have allowed consumers across our state to save money at the pump,” said Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “Those savings are about to evaporate because this administration is focused on helping special interests instead hardworking families.”

These rollbacks point us in the wrong direction. Colorado has been a leader in protecting our air quality and getting more clean cars on the road. Speaker Duran is the sponsor of HB16-1332, a law promoting electric vehicles that has made Colorado one of the best states in the country to purchase one.

“The federal government should be accelerating efforts to protect our air quality, not throwing them in reverse,” said Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder. “Damaging emissions continue to intensify the effects of climate change that are harming our economy and environment here at home.”

This session, the House passed a bill led by Rep. Becker and Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood village to set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 80 percent from their 2005 levels. Every House Republican voted no, and the bill was killed in the Republican-led Senate.

“This move threatens our ability to preserve our clean air and water for future generations,” said Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster. “I’m proud that Gov. Hickenlooper is moving forward to ensure Colorado stands up to this short sighted roll back by initiating a rulemaking at the Air Quality Control Commission to begin the process for our state to adopt clean car standards.”

Rep. Winter serves as chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee, was the vice-chair of the Select Committee on Climate Responsibility during the 2018 legislative session, and is the co-author of a House passed bill to help Colorado communities prepare for and protect against the impacts of climate change.

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