Clean Car standards were adopted in 2012 with broad support from automakers, labor and consumers. Since implementation, they’ve reduced 240 million tons of carbon pollution and saved drivers $50 billion at the pumps. If left in place, they will nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks by 2025 — and reduce billions of tons of carbon pollution.
But the White House unveiled plans today to freeze the federal rule and revoke states’ rights to set their own emission standards — a right that has existed for three decades to battle dangerous levels of air pollution that is used by 15 states representing 35% of the total vehicle sales market.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Contact Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao and oppose the rollback of Clean Car Standards to keep our air clean, preserve the right of states to set their own standard and avoid expensive legal battles that will leave the auto industry in unwanted regulatory uncertainty for years.
Mr. Andrew Wheeler
Acting EPA Administrator, Mail Code: 1101A
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Sec. Elaine L. Chao
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Official dockets at both agencies are not yet opened, but should be open in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
- The 2012 rule was adopted with bipartisan support and support from automakers, labor and consumers alike. Undoing the rule harms consumers with higher costs, lower fuel efficiency and adverse public health impacts. The rule has already saved drivers $50 billion at the pumps and reduced carbon emissions by 240 million tons.
- Even automakers oppose changing the 2012 CAFE rule because it will lead to expensive litigation that will leave the auto industry exposed to regulatory uncertainty for years.
- EPA and DOT must fulfill their missions to protect our climate, defend clean air, and reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels
- Transportation is the single-largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Strong clean car standards have already reduced millions of tons of carbon pollution from our environment, and would reduce billions more if left in place.
- Vehicle emissions are the biggest single contributor to the fact that Utah has multiple non-attainment areas for both PM 2.5 and ozone. In our state, air quality is the second top priority issue to voters behind healthcare, which is also greatly impacted by our poor air quality.
- Despite the White House’s claims that lower emissions standards diminish vehicle safety, the EPA’s own scientists concluded that improving vehicle emissions standards actually improves safety and reduces total vehicle-related deaths.