SANTA FE—Next week, the unelected members of the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) will consider a rule requiring auto manufacturers to deliver to New Mexico forty-three percent zero-emission vehicles beginning with model year 2027. The proposed rule increases that percentage to eighty-two percent by model year 2032.
Today, members of the Senate Republican Caucus submitted a letter to the EIB expressing their opposition to the proposed rule. Senator Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras), the primary author of the letter, issued the following statement:
“This rule is clearly drafted and driven by those who have little interest in doing what is right or prudent for the people of New Mexico. I hope the EIB members look beyond the political pressures and table this measure immediately.”
“The overwhelming majority of New Mexicans have not purchased an electric vehicle, nor do they plan to do so in the near future. The technology, reliability, and price are simply not realistic at this time and our local infrastructure is not yet prepared for such a transition. Every family should be able to select a vehicle that best fits their needs and budget. That decision must not be made for them, especially by an unelected board of political appointees.”
The letter is attached below.