New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham would get real traction combating climate change, as well as ground-level ozone – which can aggravate conditions like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema – by ensuring the Clean Car Promise she signed with 23 other governors brings more states into the fold and provides a unified standard for vehicle emissions.
Instead, she is mandating vehicles sold in New Mexico average 52 miles per gallon by model year 2022 – three years away.
According to a Sept. 25 Journal story by reporter Theresa Davis, in response to the Trump administration rolling back Obama-era standards of 54 mpg by 2025 to 37 mpg by 2026, Lujan Grisham told a U.S. Climate Alliance panel in New York City that “it is environmentally and economically counterproductive to stall fuel economy standards.”
OK, but it doesn’t make sense to set fuel standards piecemeal, as the air we all breathe doesn’t acknowledge state boundaries.