[GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.] – Just one week after Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order to begin the process of making Colorado the only interior state with cleaner cars standards, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center (RPC) released a new report detailing community-by-community impacts of air pollution on public health. The report, Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathe Polluted Air, analyzes Environmental Protection Agency records of air pollution levels across the state.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today announced an executive order directing Colorado air quality officials to begin a process to adopt state advanced clean car standards in response to the Trump administration’s expected rollback of federal rules. The governor’s executive order will make Colorado the first state in the interior of the country to chart the path of enacting these standards, and it will give Coloradans strong safeguards from air pollution caused by gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Denver’s transit agency, RTD, is one of the only large transit agencies in the country that has deployed electric buses in its fleet, reducing air pollution and saving money according to a new report on electric buses by Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center, CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group. RTD currently has 36 electric buses. If American transit agencies converted all of their buses to electric, the United States could save more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Coloradans have saved $550 million at the pump and avoided putting dangerous smog-forming pollutants into our air since the federal government adopted clean car standards in 2012. Despite having huge benefits for Coloradans’ pocketbooks and Colorado’s air, the Trump administration intends to roll back the clean car standards.