WASHINGTON (February 18, 2014) – President Obama’s newly announced fuel-efficiency standards for heavy trucks will help such vehicles go farther on less fuel while further curbing carbon pollution from America’s transportation sector, the largest source of carbon pollution after power plants.
The following is a statement from Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who is scheduled to be a White House guest at this morning’s event in Upper Marlboro, Md.:
“The president’s initiative is an important step driving America toward a cleaner energy future. Strong heavy truck efficiency standards will not only cut carbon pollution that fuels climate change, but also save consumers money every time they go to a store and save truckers money at the pump. Just as clean car standards are revitalizing the American auto industry, which added more than 370,000 jobs, setting the bar higher for trucks will further encourage innovation in the industry. This is a win-win for the environment and the economy.”