Colorado, Denver adopt emissions measures inspired by California

| 11/7/2007

Emulating California and Florida, Colorado’s state government is pursuing a climate action plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions – and likely signaling another myriad of state-specific emission regulations for trucks.

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Monday, Nov. 5, he’s directing the Colorado Air Quality Control Division to develop specific greenhouse gas emission standards to adopt in the next one to two years. The new standards would aim at reducing current emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020, and would include a California-like tailpipe emissions limit for cars and light trucks by 2011.

The action plan didn’t single out heavy duty diesel truck initiatives, though the state regulators haven’t yet produced specifics of the plan.

“Climate change is our generation’s greatest environmental challenge,” Gov. Ritter said. “It threatens our economy, our Western way of life and our future. It will change every facet of our existence, and unless we address it and adapt to it, the results will be catastrophic for generations to come.”
Ritter was criticized by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association for trying to “California-ize” Colorado, according to the Denver Post.
“Rather than force the public into cars that are far too small or those that do not have enough power to climb Colorado’s mountainous terrain, it would be much more effective to incentivize Coloradans to move into newer, cleaner cars,” said Tim Jackson, association president, according to the Post.
California is awaiting a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce its tailpipe emissions limits for cars and light trucks.

California has used the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB 32 – to pursue and enact several new trucking emissions limits such as a five-minute limit on truck idling that takes effect Jan. 1.

This past summer, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist sparked that state’s first greenhouse gas emissions rule, expected to be presented by environmental regulators sometime in 2008.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer