Press Release

NRDC: Trump’s EPA Shows Clean Car Standards Work

Mark Drajem
mdrajem@nrdc.org or (202) 297-5444

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency today released a report showing that automakers continue to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles and cut the harmful carbon pollution coming from tailpipes.

The following is a statement by Luke Tonachel, director for clean vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

"While the Trump administration is moving to gut the clean car standards, its own data shows the current standards are working. Automakers are innovating and improving the performance of their fleets, and tailpipe emissions continue to plummet.

“But we need to keep accelerating. The details in this report show that there are many off-the-shelf technologies the industry could adopt to further improve their vehicles’ performance.

“EPA is demonstrating that the current rules are good for drivers, good for automakers and good for our collective future.”

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