GJ Chamber's energy briefing examines emissions rule

Published: Feb. 13, 2019 at 4:22 PM MST
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How to tackle new car emission standards. That's what the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce was talking about Wednesday at their inaugural energy briefing.

Last November, the State Air Quality Control Commission unanimously approved to adopt low-emission vehicle standards, similar to those used in California.

In January Governor Polis signed that executive order. It means all cars built in 2022 and after will have to be low emission.

The Vice President of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association says this will have a negative impact on the Western Slope and our economy. He says what works in California, won't work in Colorado.

"You know we have a different climate than California, we are mountainous, we go over 14,000 feet on our mountain peaks, we have cold weather and ice as you can see outside today, electric vehicle and smaller vehicles don't do well in that traffic,” said Matthew Groves, V.P. Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

Those in favor of the new standards say its estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2 million tons annually by 2030.

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