Colorado Embraces EV Tar Baby

Colorado has become the 13th state – plus the District of Columbia – to embrace the fatuously titled “zero emissions” electric car tar baby.

This will ” . . . protect the quality of our air and safeguard against returning to the days of the ‘brown clould,’ ” warbled Governor John Hickenlooper – whose name sounds like a villain out of an Ayn Rand novel.

Actually, it won’t do any such thing.

What it will do is place another and probably insuperable obstacle in front of the Trump administration’s efforts to dial back federal fuel economy regs – which Colorado and those 12 other states plus the District of Columbia (and the EPA) now also characterize with a combination of illiteracy, dishonesty and halting effrontery as emissions regs.

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission – the Golem-like facsimile of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) – decreed these new “emissions” standards for light- and medium-duty motor vehicles sold in Colorado beginning with the 2022 model year.

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In other words, for both cars and trucks.

Especially trucks.

The claim is the new fatwas will “…reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2 million tons per year by 2030.” Italics added.

Indeed.

Carbon dioxide “emissions.”

In other words, not actually emissions.



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Which are things like unburned hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide and particulates – things which the EPA (and other regulatory apparats) have statutory authority to regulate under things like the federal Clean Air Act of 1970.

But carbon dioxide isn’t dirty – and has…

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