What are the Clean Car Standards?
In 2012, the US Government finalized greenhouse gas reduction and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and passenger vehicles in model years 2017–2025. These standards were adopted with broad support from automakers, labor, and consumers—including members of Moms Clean Air Force, who testified on their behalf and pushed automakers and lawmakers in support of strong regulations.
Are they working?
Yes. The clean car standards have proved achievable and cost-effective for the auto industry. They have delivered the cleanest and most efficient vehicles the American people have ever known. They save families hundreds of billions at the pump, protect against gas spikes, and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. And because the transportation sector is the largest source of climate-warming carbon dioxide pollution in the US, they are our country’s the most significant program to fight climate change. Weakening these standards will harm our climate, our health, our pocketbooks—and even our jobs.
Now the Clean Car Standards are under attack by the Trump Administration and an EPA that is no longer working to protect people’s health.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is now attacking the Clean Car Standards. The Trump Administration has proposed a severe weakening of these standards, one that would allow an extra 7.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide to be emitted by inefficient and outdated passenger vehicles. Wheeler’s EPA is also trying to undermine long-standing state authority by blocking the right of California and 13 other states to set greenhouse gas emissions standards more protective than the national ones.
Here’s how moms are fighting for the Clean Car Standards—and how you can help.
Moms Clean Air Force is aggressively defending the nation’s Clean Car Standards. Members have sent over 75,000 comments to EPA, and at EPA hearings in Pittsburgh, PA, and Dearborn, MI, Moms testified about why fuel standards are critical to their children’s health. The standards reduce air pollution, save families money at the gas station, and reduce the carbon emissions that are causing climate change.
You can add your voice by contacting your senators, your governor, and even the automakers directly. Get onto the Facebook page of your favorite automaker to leave a comment, or tweet directly to their corporate handle. Ask them: What are they doing to prevent the Trump administration from getting away with scrapping this essential climate program that is saving us money and protecting our children?