Keep the Clean Air Standards!

Talking Points

I strongly support the vehicle efficiency standards set by the EPA for 2017-2025. These standards will reduce dangerous tailpipe emissions, protect our health, save consumers money, decrease oil dependence, create jobs, and help address global warming. Please don’t roll back these important standards!

TAKE ACTION by writing to:

  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
    USEPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton Building
    1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
    Mail Code: 1101A
    Washington, DC 20460
    pruitt.scott@epa.gov
    202-564-4700
  • NHTSA Executive Director Jack Danielson
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC 20590
    1-888-327-4236

History

In August 2012, U.S. federal agencies finalized a new set of standards to increase fuel efficiency and cut global warming pollution. The standards are expected to double the efficiency of the average vehicle by 2025 and save consumers $1.7 trillion dollars at the pump. At the same time, these standards will significantly reduce oil use and cut carbon pollution by more than 6 billion metric tons – more than the entire emissions from the United States in 2010.

Specifically, the standards:

  • Set fuel economy and global warming emission targets, based on vehicle size, for new cars and trucks sold in the U.S.
  • Increase in stringency every year.
  • Come in two phases: 2012-2016 and 2017-2025.
  • Were supported by automakers, unions, national security groups, and environmentalists.

EPA made a regulatory commitment in 2012 to have a mid-term evaluation of the 2017-2025 Clean Car Standards. A mid-term report was issued in July, 2016, and there was a period for public comment. In November, 2016, the EPA Administrator proposed to move forward with the Clean Car Standards, and there was another period for public comment. In September, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to re-evaluate the determination made by the previous administrator. A final ruling needs to be made by April 2018 about the standards  for model years 2022-2025.

The 45-day official public comment period has just closed, but we can still voice our concerns.

Further Reading

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