Former EPA administrator: Don’t reverse clean car standards

October 23, 2017

By Carol M. Browner –

Everyone’s talking about the Trump administration’s plan to repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. They should be. However, another alarming rollback and important anniversary are speeding by unnoticed.

Oct. 15th was the 5th anniversary of the U.S. clean car standards. They’re cutting tailpipe pollution, boosting fuel efficiency in cars, saving families at the pump and helping combat the climate change that is making extreme weather like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria more destructive.

They’re also under siege. President Trump and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, want to block these common sense health protections. It’s a mistake we need to stop.

Finalized in 2012 and reviewed in 2016, the clean car standards require automakers to cut tailpipe pollution, specifically the carbon pollution that fuels climate change, and improve gas mileage across their fleets.

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