Connecticut Withdraws Proposed Internal Combustion Engine Ban, But the Fight Continues

In a significant development, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has withdrawn a SAN-opposed regulation that would have required the state to adopt California’s strict motor vehicle emissions laws and outlaw the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars beginning in 2035. The SAN believes Connecticut residents, not the government, should decide what vehicles are best for them and their families.

The move to withdraw the regulation came in the wake of bipartisan opposition from state lawmakers, with the governor acknowledging that the proposal lacked sufficient support to pass the legislature’s Regulation Review Committee. Unlike the Democratic-controlled legislature, the Committee is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. 

Governor Lamont, however, has not abandoned the pursuit of more stringent emission standards. He has indicated that he will explore alternative avenues to address the issue, either by seeking legislative action in 2024 or potentially calling a special session in 2023. This means enthusiasts must remain vigilant and continue to make their voices heard.

Thank you to the hundreds of SAN members who previously contacted the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in opposition to the proposal. Your voices were heard, and your actions made a difference.

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