Colorado follows California’s lead for cleaner cars

Fourteen states have now bucked the EPA to adopt stricter emissions standards.


This article was originally published by  and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. 

Colorado just moved away from Washington, D.C., and it’s headed toward California. On Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper ordered his state’s Department of Public Health and Environment to establish a  program that goes beyond the federal standards to align with the Golden State’s more stringent rules.

Hewing to California’s emissions rules will keep Colorado on the track the EPA set for the country as a whole during the Obama administration: Each automaker’s fleet must get about 36 miles per gallon on average by 2025. And this move lets the state — whose many valleys can trap smog and exacerbate its effects — make sure that whatever happens in Washington, it’s still moving toward the goal Hickenlooper set last year, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025.

Jack Ferrell charges his Nissan Leaf in Paonia, Colorado, at one of only a handful of electric vehicle charging stations in Western Colorado.
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“Colorado has a choice,” Hickenlooper said in a statement accompanying his signature of . “Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.”

A choice between two paths. The federal rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles apply in every state. But California, by virtue of Section 177 of the 1963 Clean Air Act, , as long as they’re stricter than the national rules. The other 49 states can’t do that, but they can decide to follow California’s rules instead of those set by the feds.

Now, California’s right to go its own way — and other states’ right to follow — has become a bulwark against the EPA’s move to . Because California is the country’s largest market, automakers design their cars to meet its rules. It’s less expensive than making  and another for the other dirtier states.

That also explains why climate change skeptic and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has talked about going after that special status. “Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country,” he said in a statement in April.

That kind of fight would require a messy legal and legislative process, but whether or not Pruitt makes the move, California has friends on this road trip. Colorado is the 14th state to adopt its standards. It also happens to be the first that isn’t on the East or West Coast and the first to make the move since Donald Trump became president and Pruitt took over the EPA.

“It makes sense that Colorado would follow California,” says Carla Bailo, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research. And it makes sense that the state adopted the Low Emission Vehicle rules but did not take on Cali’s Zero Emission Vehicle program, which demands automakers sell at least some vehicles that don’t pollute at all. Given the mountain state’s topography, lots of people drive trucks and SUVs, which don’t lend themselves to electric propulsion. Tesla, with its Model X, and Jaguar, with its I-Pace, may not agree. But for Colorado, one step away from D.C., and one step toward California, is probably enough for now.

 covers transportation for WIREDHe was previously a reporter for Business Insider. A New York native, he lives in San Francisco.

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