Canada Pledges to Pursue Strong Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON  – Canada and California announced that they would work together to pursue cleaner vehicles, further isolating the Trump administration and its misguided plan to roll back clean car standards.

Canada’s emission standards had been set at the same levels as the current U.S. standards, and it pledged today to work with U.S. states to bring about more low-emission gasoline and electric vehicles. With Canada’s pledge, now about 40 percent of the North American auto market has committed to continue making progress on cutting pollution from their vehicle fleet. 

The following is comment from Luke Tonachel, director for clean vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“Canada is joining with U.S. state leaders, automobile companies, union organizers and drivers in recognizing that cutting vehicle emissions will address toxic air pollution and the climate crisis – while also reducing costs at the pump.

“It’s only the Trump administration and its buddies in the oil industry who seem to think that halting progress is a good idea. The Trump administration should drop its dirty car plan.”

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