Cooke Urges Governor to Postpone Costly Vehicle Mandates

DENVER -- Colorado’s Senate Republicans today applauded EPA's proposed new federal vehicle emissions standards for 2021 to 2026, changes that include a repeal of the “California waiver” allowing that state to have a separate set of emissions standards.

“In light of reasonable rules changes proposed today by EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, dealing with fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks in model years 2021-2026, we call on Governor Hickenlooper to withdraw his June executive order mandating Colorado take actions that conflict with today’s proposal,” said Senator John B. Cooke (R-Greeley), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Today’s Federal proposal aims to strike the right regulatory balance based on the most recent information and will create a uniform 50-state solution that will enable more Americans to afford newer, safer vehicles that pollute less, “ said Cooke. “More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment.”

“This is not the time to impose California’s vehicle standards on Colorado’s citizens. Colorado is not California - we have a very different vehicle market influenced by Colorado’s unique climate and topography and associated consumer demands. The California vehicle standards would be especially costly for rural Colorado,” added Cooke. “So, we call on Governor Hickenlooper to withdraw his directive calling on the Commission to impose major new regulations on Colorado’s citizens that are unnecessary, will not improve the environment significantly, and will cost our State jobs.” 


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