Protesters gathered downtown Thursday morning to voice their opposition to a Trump administration plan to roll back some environmental regulations.
The group is specifically focused on the rollback of clean car standards.
City Councilman Tom Strand and local national security expert Dr. Hal Bidlack led the protest.
The current federal clean car standards were finalized in August 2012, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing pollution from the transportation sector. The protesters claim these federal fuel economy and pollution standards have been highly effective in protecting the health, safety, and wallets of families across the country.
“There’s no pro-business reason for this except that they can once again claim that they’ve deregulated something,” Bidlack said. “Well, we want some things regulated: the things we breathe, the things we eat, the medicine we give our children. We’d like those things to be fundamentally safe, and have a safety net in this country.”
They say if the standards remain in place, Colorado can expect 7,300 new jobs by 2030, and drivers in Colorado can expect to save an average of $2,700 at the gas pump by 2030.