Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that his state would join 13 states and the District of Columbia in adopting California’s clean car emissions standards. “Colorado has a choice,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in a statement. “This executive order calls for the state to adopt air quality standards that will protect our quality of life in Colorado. Low emissions vehicles are increasingly popular with consumers and are better for our air. Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.” Continue reading “Colorado Adopts California Clean Car Standards in Another Blow to Trump, Kochs”
Electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner and produce less pollution than gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. Even when factoring the emissions from electric power plants (sometimes run on fossil fuels) that charge the cars and trucks, driving EVs still produces less greenhouse gases and local air pollution.
However, oil and gas interests have purposefully muddied this fact, in an attempt mislead the public and to protect gasoline and diesel markets. Don’t be fooled by these efforts to portray gasoline- and diesel-powered cars as being “cleaner” than EVs.
A coalition of conservative groups, many with close ties to the Koch brothers, are calling for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to strip California of its right to set stricter greenhouse gas limits for personal vehicles.
Not satisfied with Pruitt’s decision to rewrite the Obama-era emissions standards — which had been written cooperatively with the automakers, state of California, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and EPA — the American Consumer Institute (ACI) organized a letter to Pruitt calling “for the revocation of California’s waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to decouple from federal policy and impose strict emission standards on automobiles.” Continue reading “Koch vs. California: These Groups Are Pushing Pruitt to Undo the State’s Right to Regulate Auto Emissions”
Until February, Christine Harbin spent most of this decade combating clean energy initiatives at the state and federal level for Koch-funded organizations ALEC and Americans for Prosperity. She is now a senior adviser for external affairs in DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Continue reading “Another Renewable Energy Bashing Koch Network Alum Joins Department of Energy”