By Brett Benson

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is among 24 governors who are members of the bipartisan United States Climate Alliance that on July 9, 2019, issued a statement announcing an effort to work together to support a strong national standard through the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise,” which stated:

 “We, the undersigned 24 governors– a bipartisan coalition representing 52 percent of the U.S. population and 57 percent of the economy – stand together in calling for one strong, national clean car standard and support preserving state authority to protect our residents from vehicle pollution.  Strong vehicle standards protect our communities from unnecessary air pollution and fuel costs, and they address the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. 

We commit to continue working together to support a strong national standard and issue the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise.”

Read more about the Nation’s Clean Car Promise from the Climate Alliance.

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The Climate Alliance promise comes on the heels of further conflicts between California and the Trump administration.

The Associated Press reported:

WASHINGTON (AP) — California’s air pollution control boss says she’s open to compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, as the bitter standoff threatens to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry.

Five months after President Donald Trump broke off talks with California, the lead state fighting to keep tougher, Obama-era mileage standards, Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the state would be willing to give ground if any final deal includes the needed cuts in climate-changing vehicle emissions.

Here’s more on the AP story.

Here are Facts on Fuel Economy Standards from

This story reported by Vox explains more by “quantifying the damage to our air and pockets.”