New Mexico Clean Cars, Clean Air Coalition Celebrates the Step Away from Fossil Fuels

by Gwynne Ann Unruh

The Paper.

May 6, 2022

 It’s a win for the Land of Enchantment’s air, thanks to a coalition of over 35 organizations across the state who supported clean car rules. Over the past year, the New Mexico Clean Cars Clean Air Coalition, with the help of New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) hustled to make their voices heard. They got a thumbs up just after public hearings on May 4 and 5, as the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the City of Albuquerque – Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board voted to adopt The Clean Car Rule.

“New Mexico’s adoption of the Clean Car Rule is an important first step toward shifting away from fossil-fueled vehicles that contribute to climate change and the air pollution that disproportionately impacts low-income communities located along highways and near industrial areas,” explained Aaron Kressig, transportation electrification manager at Western Resource Advocates.

Electric Vehicles are safer, more affordable and will support a healthier economy in New Mexico. In 2018 Mayor Tim Keller signed the Climate Mayors pledge, committing the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. …

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