This letter of support originally ran in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Clean cars can save drivers thousands of dollars, create thousands of jobs, and improve health and climate.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Minnesota is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals established in Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act. While huge gains in emission reductions have come from the electric utility sector, it is not enough to put us on track.

To address transportation pollution, Gov. Walz has joined with 14 other states in adopting clean car standards. If adopted, these rules help meet emission goals and transition us to a cleaner, better future by increasing the number of low emission vehicles and electric vehicles sold in the state.

The standards come into effect in 2025, which is also the same time researchers report the price of a new EV to be on par with the price of a new internal combustion engine.

Owning an EV saves drivers thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the vehicle simply by bypassing the gas station. Fueling an EV translates to approx. $1 per gallon.

Designing, building, and creating a clean car system creates tens of thousands of jobs and keeps us current with other countries that are quickly accelerating to cleaner economies.

Clean cars also save lives. Respiratory diseases are directly related to greenhouse gas emissions, which cause premature deaths.

These cars are needed to take us into the future. Support clean car standards.

Janel Dean, Minnesota City