Another example is Colorado, where idling is forbidden unless the temperature dips below 20 degrees. Many other cities and states have similar regulations, setting rules based on temperatures and/or time limits.
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Of course, there's logic behind putting such laws on the books. With scientists around the world regularly warning humanity about the dire and ballooning effects of climate change, cutting down on vehicle emissions is an important, albeit seemingly small, step to address the issue.
Last year, a scientific study revealed the worst-case predictions regarding climate change are likely the most accurate. The results followed the November publication of an open letter to humanity from more than 15,000 international scientists urging society to address major environmental concerns before it's "too late."
Here's a list of states that have laws against idling, according to the EPA.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Some of the regulations are city specific, while others are statewide. If you're now concerned that you might have been regularly or occasionally breaking the law, you can check your area's regulations via the EPA's roundup.