Right now, major automakers like Chrysler, Ford, and GM are using the lobbying muscle of their trade association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, to weaken tailpipe standards for cars.
The clean car standards were created with the input and support of the US auto industry just a few years ago. These ambitious but achievable fuel efficiency standards for new cars and small trucks are already working. They protect all Americans, especially the 6 million US children with asthma, from dangerous air pollution. By 2025 they will prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Even better, these standards will save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
American families want to drive clean cars. We want clean air, and we want solutions to climate change. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US. In fact, cars and trucks alone account for over one-quarter of all US pollution. American families also want to drive more miles for less money. But now, our automakers are turning their backs on American families by lobbying to weaken those standards under the veil of their trade association.
They can build cars that Americans are proud to drive, while saving families money at the pump, cleaning up our air, and protecting future generations from climate change.
This is a defining moment—because so much is at stake. We must call on these American companies to be leaders: take a stand, defend existing vehicle emissions standards, and keep America moving forward with vehicles that protect the health of our children and save our families money at the gas pump.