President Trump Retracts Decision to Keep Strong Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON – President Trump today moved to weaken the landmark carbon pollution standards for light duty vehicles for model years 2022-2025.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This change makes no sense. Mileage standards save consumers money at the gas pump, make Americans less dependent on oil, reduce carbon pollution and advance innovation.  The current standards helped the auto companies move from bankruptcy to profitability, and there is no reason they cannot be met.  This is just another part of President Trump’s retreat from action on climate change.”


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