New Mexicans deserve clean air in the communities they live in.
We have a vehicle tailpipe pollution problem in New Mexico.
Vehicle tailpipe pollution is harming our health.
Vehicle tailpipe pollution is causing climate change.
Burning gasoline or diesel in vehicles is a waste of money.
We have a solution! Bring more clean, electric vehicles to New Mexico.
We have an opportunity! Governor Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Keller have the opportunity to adopt ready-made, commonsense policies to accelerate electric vehicle deployment in New Mexico to improve our health, protect our climate and save us money.
About the Solution
Full adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks standards will open new doors to cleaner air and improved health for New Mexicans. The standards will also help New Mexico reach its bold goals to address climate change. These standards build on those adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board in May 2022.
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board and the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board will soon consider Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks standards.
Transportation pollution is the second largest source of climate pollution in New Mexico, harming our air, environment, and climate. Transportation pollution is a public health crisis, and it worsens health problems for our most vulnerable New Mexicans, including children, elders, and anyone with respiratory conditions like asthma.
Transportation-related pollutants are linked to many adverse health effects, including decreased lung function, inflammation of airways, aggravated asthma, increased risk of cancer, damage to the immune system, and neurological, reproductive, developmental, and other health problems.
The trucking industry is a leading source of unhealthy air pollution and has an outsized climate impact. Medium- and heavy-duty trucks that support the shipping, freight, and delivery industries are a significant source of harmful smog-forming pollution, particulate matter, and air toxics. These emissions disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color, often located near major trucking corridors, ports, and distribution hubs.
While trucks and buses only account for 5% of vehicles on the road, they are responsible for nearly 25% of total transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, emissions from trucks are the fastest-growing source of climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions, and the number of truck miles traveled on the nation’s roads is forecast to continue to grow significantly in the coming decades. We are building momentum for electrifying our medium- and heavy-duty sectors – the polluting trucks and buses that disproportionately contribute to our ongoing climate and public health crisis and represent an environmental injustice.
Just as vehicle pollution makes people sick, tailpipe emissions are a leading cause of the climate crisis, causing drought, fires, and extreme heat. The climate impacts of vehicle emissions compound the immediate health problems our communities already face from smog and ozone.
New Mexico Clean Air is a group advocating for standards to reduce smog pollution in the state from tailpipes harming New Mexicans’ health and our climate. Full adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars standard will make it easier for all New Mexicans to replace their dirty, polluting cars with low or zero-emission electric vehicles and improve air quality in our most impacted neighborhoods. By increasing the number of electric buses, pickup trucks, delivery trucks, and semi-trucks on our roads, Advanced Clean Trucks standards will help transform the freight industry to benefit our communities, especially those most harmed by air pollution.
With Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks standards, we will have cleaner air for New Mexican families and take critical steps to address climate change.
In 2021, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham directed the New Mexico Environment Department to adopt the 2022 Clean Cars standards. The City of Albuquerque joined the effort shortly after the governor’s direction. The first set of Clean Cars standards was adopted in May 2022.
In July 2023, Governor Lujan Grisham announced that her administration will adopt the Advanced Clean Cars and Trucks standards this year. Members of the NM Clean Air coalition plan to intervene in the rulemaking process at the Environmental Improvement Board to ensure the standards are fully adopted to maximize the public health, economic, and climate benefits of more zero-emission vehicles on our roads.
Join public meetings to stand up for clean air in New Mexico!
- Public comment meetings hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department:
- September 19 – 4:30-6:30 pm, Southside Library, Santa Fe, 6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507, public notice
- October 4 – 4:30-6:30 pm, Online, Registration, public notice
- October 16 – 4:30-6:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, ABQ International District Public Library, 7601 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, public notice
- November 13-15 – Joint Hearings on ACCII and ACT, NM Environmental Improvement Board and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board, NM State Bar, 5121 Masthead St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, public notice
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