CPR News reported that Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has come out with a proposal for $120 million of new tax credits to help the state achieve its climate and clean air goals by expanding incentives for purchasing electric vehicles, e-bikes and electric lawnmowers and leaf blowers. The latter category is notable, as a CoPIRG report showed that gas-powered lawn and garden equipment contribute an outsized amount to our state’s harmful ozone pollution problem. Fully transitioning away from gas-powered equipment could achieve nearly one fifth of the reduction needed to meet the Front Range region’s ozone pollution goals.
CoPIRG applauds the governor for including the incentives for electric lawn and garden equipment in this budget proposal and looks forward to working with the legislature to work out the details.