In October 2019, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that the state would be would be adopting a pair of clean car standards, which together could reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by two million tons by 2030. In addition to the climate benefits, the initiatives — dubbed Clean Cars Minnesota — are expected to improve public health while saving consumers money and increasing consumer choice.
Predictably, the announcement was met with prompt pushback from oil industry defenders and free market organizations tied to the Koch network.
As the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) moves through the rulemaking process for a low emissions vehicle (LEV) standard and a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) standard, the Transportation Integrity Project (TIP) will expose the individuals, organizations and tactics behind attacks on the state’s clean transportation policy.
Learn more about Clean Cars Minnesota and the rulemaking process, and about the groups fighting against clean vehicle standards.
The Clean Cars Minnesota rule
Clean Cars Minnesota: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s official page about the proposed rule.
Clean Cars Minnesota: What to expect in the months ahead: An explainer by Fresh Energy about the rulemaking process and how citizens can get involved.
Who is Fighting Against Minnesota’s Clean Car Standards
The Center of the American Experiment: A Minnesota-based right wing think tank and public policy organization with longstanding ties to the Koch donor network and a member of the Koch-controlled State Policy Network.
Isaac Orr: A policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment and registered lobbyist in Minnesota. On behalf of CAE, Orr wrote a sample letter arguing against the Clean Cars Minnesota rule.
Americans for Prosperity: The Minnesota chapter of the ““the centerpiece of the Kochs’ political machine” is expected to organize around the Clean Cars Minnesota rule.
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