New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says her state will set its own fuel economy and pollution standards for vehicles in a break with federal authorities. (Photo: RICK BOWMER, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
SANTA FE - New Mexico will set its own fuel economy and pollution standards for cars, pickup trucks and SUVs in a break with federal authorities, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday from New York where she was participating in climate talks with other governors.
The move aligns New Mexico more closely with states including California that are resisting efforts by the Trump administration to revoke independent state authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks.
Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said new state restrictions on vehicle emissions will start with model-year 2022 vehicles, and that New Mexico fuel economy standards will increase to an average of 52 mpg by 2025. She criticized the rollback of federal fuel economy standards by the federal government as counterproductive.
New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Board adopted clean car standards in 2007, under then-Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, before repealing them in 2013, while Republican Gov. Susana Martinez was in office.
“While President Trump threatens to rob New Mexico and indeed all states of a valuable tool for combating air pollution and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, New Mexico will stand up and deliver on our commitment to environmental leadership,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
The first-year governor has set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a local boom in oil and natural gas production, focusing initially on cleaner sources of electricity and efficiency upgrades to state buildings. Tuesday’s announcement marks a more aggressive approach to curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to transportation.
California in turn has sued the Trump administration over its rollback of environmental and clean air regulations.
Thirteen other states, plus the District of Columbia, have adopted California’s vehicle emission standards.