Minnesota is joining California and 20 other states in challenging the Trump administration, which wants to prohibit states from having their own standards for low- and zero-emission vehicles. Governor Tim Walz today asked the state Pollution Control Agency to set new regulations requiring manufacturers reduce emissions in total, across all types of vehicles they sell in Minnesota:

“They can balance it out. If they want to sell a vehicle that has three miles to the gallon and the emissions are obviously up, they’ve gotta balance that out by selling the numbers (of low-emission vehicles) to be able to bring that number down over the entire fleet.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responds:

“The governor does not get to unilaterally dictate what kind of cars we choose to drive in Minnesota.”

Gazelka says a goal of 750-thousand electric vehicles in Minnesota by 2030 is “just not possible.”