Environmental Leaders to Auto CEOs: Clean Car Standards Are a Win-Win
Dear Auto Executives,
On behalf of our over 10 million members and supporters, who are your customers, we strongly oppose any rollback of the fuel economy and climate pollution standards or any attack on state authority to address tailpipe pollution. These standards are working exactly as they were designed to do — they are protecting our health and climate, driving innovation, saving Americans money at the gas pump, and reducing our reliance on oil. And you have been meeting these standards while enjoying record profits. They are truly a win-win.
Curbing pollution from the transportation sector could not be more important in our fight against climate change, as this sector is now America’s largest source of climate pollution. The fuel economy and climate pollution standards would save nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2030, save Americans $1 trillion, and reduce climate change pollution by 6 billion metric tons.
What’s more, rolling back the fuel economy and climate pollution standards is out of step with the vast majority of the people in this country who are your consumers. Recent polling shows strong support for the existing standards. And 87 percent of Americans — across party lines — want automakers to continue to improve fuel economy.
When you meet with President Trump on Friday, we ask that you stand with the majority of Americans who want cleaner, more fuel efficient cars and cleaner air. We ask that you oppose any rollback of the fuel economy and climate pollution standards and support working in concert with California’s clean cars program.