It's time for clean car standards

Letter to the Editor
Posted 7/3/18

It’s time for clean car standards It is not shocking news that in the recent years, the transportation sector has surpassed the energy sector as the number one emitter of carbon pollution in the …

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It's time for clean car standards

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It’s time for clean car standards

It is not shocking news that in the recent years, the transportation sector has surpassed the energy sector as the number one emitter of carbon pollution in the United States.

If you look out at Interstate 25 from a high rise building downtown during rush hour traffic, you see the emissions in full effect. A cloud of exhaust emissions and carbon forms every morning and evening above the highway.

The number of new residents moving to this great state is not going to slow down any time soon, and the number of cars on the road will increase accordingly. If we fail to act, emissions of smog-causing air pollutants would increase by about 15 percent.

But we have the opportunity to adopt the “Clean Car Standards,” a process that Governor John Hickenlooper initiated last week. Adopting these standards on the state level as soon as possible is the only way to ensure Colorado doesn’t slide backwards, harming our air quality and increasing our contribution to climate change.

Jacob Townsand,

Northglenn

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