Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is directing his agency to redo successful clean car standards that have already reduced 230 million tons of climate-changing emissions and saved consumers more than $49 billion at the pump. Pruitt is expected to significantly weaken the safeguards. New vehicles will make the air dirtier and guzzle more fuel because of his actions. EPA’s mission is to clean our air and protect our health, but Pruitt is willing to sacrifice the public’s well-being in a move that ultimately will harm consumers, job growth, and auto industry competitiveness.
Pruitt is contradicting years of analysis by EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board demonstrating that the car companies can achieve the 2022-2025 standards set in 2012 at reasonable cost.
Pruitt’s rollback of the EPA clean car standards is a U-turn in the fight against climate change. We don’t know exactly how far the agency will back-track until they publish new standards, but we can be sure that it will make achieving a low-carbon transportation system more difficult and likely more expensive.
Because strong fuel efficiency standards are good for consumers, the environment and jobs, it’s no surprise that they enjoy overwhelming public support.
Tell our legislators to stop the rollback of the clean air car emissions standards.
-National Resources Defense Council