2019 State Legislators Letter to Automakers

2019 State Legislators Letter to Automakers

February 20, 2019

Dear Automaker:

We, the undersigned lawmakers, are writing to urge the auto industry to lead the way to a greener, healthier and more prosperous future by supporting the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards (clean car standards) and shifting cars and trucks away from their dependence on oil. These existing standards already are producing the cleanest and safest vehicles Americans have ever driven, while slashing climate pollution, protecting public health, creating local jobs, keeping auto manufacturers competitive in the global marketplace, and saving consumers more than $70 billion at the gas pump in the process.

Specifically, we ask you to join us in publicly opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards and cease lobbying for “flexibilities” that would lead to more pollution and higher bills at the gas pump. We also ask you to remove yourself as parties (As members of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) to the lawsuit challenging the midterm review as finalized by the Trump administration.

Preliminary analyses indicate that the administration’s proposal will result in an additional 2.2 billion metric tons of global warming emissions by 2040. Increasing emissions at a time when scientists are warning us that we must do everything we can to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, is a reckless U-turn that poses a grave threat to the health and future of the constituents we were elected to serve. What’s more, in exchange for increased pollution, Americans will face increased expenses at the gas pump—up to $500 more each year. The clean car standards yield savings for everyone, but they are especially important for low-income Americans who spend a greater proportion of their income on gasoline.

Beyond costing customers hundreds of billions of dollars more at the pump, the Trump administration’s own analysis found this proposal would cost at least 60,000 jobs. This number fails to account for the cost of ceding innovation and technology leadership to other countries. Europe and China are moving forward aggressively with both standards and technology advances; weakening our standards would make you uncompetitive. This proposal threatens not only these American jobs, but our ingenuity and competitiveness globally.
The proposed rollback also directly attacks our states’ authority to protect our citizens by proposing to revoke the right of states to put in place stronger safeguards to address harmful air pollution from vehicles. This directly threatens the 118 million people living in our states and assails the Clean Air Act’s longstanding recognition of state leadership on clean cars.

The administration’s rollback of the clean car standards constitutes an unwarranted attack on our constituents and their pocketbooks, environment, health and livelihoods. The public relies on all of us to make decisions that protect our shared future. With so much at stake, now is not the time to turn back the clock on progress. We urge you to stand with us and oppose the proposed rollback of the clean car standards.

 

Sincerely,

Senator Bob Wieckowski
California

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
California

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
California

Assemblymember Kansen Chu
California

Assemblymember Marc Levine
California

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove
California

Senator Julie Gonzales
Colorado

Representative Dylan Roberts
Colorado

Senator Matthew L. Lesser
Connecticut

Representative Caroline Simmons
Connecticut

Representative David Michel
Connecticut

Representative Gary Turco
Connecticut

Representative Geoff Luxenberg
Connecticut

Representative James Albis
Connecticut

Representative Jason Rojas
Connecticut

Representative Joseph P. Gresko
Connecticut

Representative Kim Rose
Connecticut

Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan
Connecticut

Representative Roland Lemar
Connecticut

Senator Bruce C. Ennis
Delaware

Representative Kimberly Williams
Delaware

Representative Paul Baumbach
Delaware

Senator Benjamin Chipman
Maine

Senator Brownie Carson
Maine

Senator David Miramant
Maine

Senator Eloise Vitelli
Maine

Senator Heather Sanborn
Maine

Senator Justin Chenette
Maine

Senator Linda Sanborn
Maine

Senator Rebecca Millett
Maine

Senator Shenna Bellows
Maine

Senate Majority Leader Nathan Libby
Maine

Senate Majority Leader Nathan Libby
Maine

Representative Allison Hepler
Maine

Representative Ann Peoples
Maine

Representative Anne Carney
Maine

Representative Brian Hubbell
Maine

Representative Charlotte Warren
Maine

Representative Christina Riley
Maine

Representative Deane Rykerson
Maine

Representative Deane Rykerson
Maine

Representative Dennis Keschl
Maine

Representative Diane Denk
Maine

Representative James R. Handy
Maine

Representative Janice Cooper
Maine

Representative Margaret O’Neil
Maine

Representative Maureen Terry
Maine

Representative Michael Brennan
Maine

Representative Michael Sylvester
Maine

Representative Patricia Hymanson
Maine

Representative Richard R. Farnsworth
Maine

Representative Scott Cuddy
Maine

Representative Seth Berry
Maine

Representative Vicki Doudera
Maine

Representative Bill Pluecker
Maine

Representative Walter Riseman
Maine

Senator Cheryl C. Kagan
Maryland

Senator Clarence Lam
Maryland

Senator Jeff Waldstreicher
Maryland

Senator Jim Rosapepe
Maryland

Senator Pamela Beidle
Maryland

Senator Ronald Young
Maryland

Delegate Alice Cain
Maryland

Delegate Ariana Kelly
Maryland

Delegate Brooke Lierman
Maryland

Delegate David Moon
Maryland

Delegate Emily Shetty
Maryland

Delegate Jared Solomon
Maryland

Delegate Jay Jalisi
Maryland

Delegate Lorig Charkoudian
Maryland

Delegate Marc Korman
Maryland

Delegate Mary Lehman
Maryland

Delegate Robbyn Lewis
Maryland

Delegate Sara Love
Maryland

Delegate Shelly Hettleman
Maryland

Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines
Maryland

Delegate Vaughn Stewart
Maryland

Senator Adam Hinds
Massachusetts

Senator Cynthia Stone Creem
Massachusetts

Senator James T. Welch
Massachusetts

Senator Julian Cyr
Massachusetts

Senator Marc R. Pacheco
Massachusetts

Representative Andy X. Vargas
Massachusetts

Representative Carlos Gonzalez
Massachusetts

Representative David Robertson
Massachusetts

Representative Denise Provost
Massachusetts

Representative Frank A. Moran
Massachusetts

Representative Jack Patrick Lewis
Massachusetts

Representative Jonathan Hecht
Massachusetts

Representative Jose F. Tosado
Massachusetts

Representative Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.
Massachusetts

Representative Mike Connolly
Massachusetts

Representative Paul Brodeur
Massachusetts

Representative Paul Mark
Massachusetts

Representative Ruth B. Balser
Massachusetts

Representative Stephan Hay
Massachusetts

Representative Thomas Stanley
Massachusetts

Senator Patrick Diegnan, Jr.
New Jersey

Assemblymember Mila Jasey
New Jersey

Assemblymember Nicholas Chiaravalloti
New Jersey

Assemblymember Raj Mukherji
New Jersey

Assemblymember Valerie Vainieri Huttle
New Jersey

Senator Andrew Gounardes
New York

Senator Jen Metzger
New York

Senator Liz Krueger
New York

Senator Peter Harckham
New York

Assemblymember Barbara Lifton
New York

Assemblymember Brian Barnwell
New York

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner
New York

Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal
New York

Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
New York

Assemblymember Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
New York

Assemblymember Harvey Epstein
New York

Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
New York

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
New York

Assemblymember Nily Rozic
New York

Assemblymember Richard Gottfried
New York

Assemblymember William Colton
New York

Senator Jeff Golden
Oregon

Senator Kathleen Taylor
Oregon

Senator Michael Dembrow
Oregon

Representative Barbara Smith Warner
Oregon

Representative Jeff Barker
Oregon

Representative Julie Fahey
Oregon

Representative Karin Power
Oregon

Representative Kenneth Helm
Oregon

Representative Pam Marsh
Oregon

Senator Art Haywood
Pennsylvania

Senator Jay Costa
Pennsylvania

Senator Steve Santarsiero
Pennsylvania

Senator Wayne Fontana
Pennsylvania

Representative Adam Ravenstahl
Pennsylvania

Representative Austin Davis
Pennsylvania

Representative Carolyn Comitta
Pennsylvania

Representative Dan Frankel
Pennsylvania

Representative Donna Bullock
Pennsylvania

Representative Elizabeth Fiedler
Pennsylvania

Representative Gregory Vitali
Pennsylvania

Representative Jeanne McNeill
Pennsylvania

Representative Jennifer O’Mara
Pennsylvania

Representative Jordan A. Harris
Pennsylvania

Representative Joseph Ciresi
Pennsylvania

Representative Joseph Hohenstein
Pennsylvania

Representative Joseph Webster
Pennsylvania

Representative Maria Donatucci
Pennsylvania

Representative Mary Isaacson
Pennsylvania

Representative Melissa Shusterman
Pennsylvania

Representative Mike Schlossberg
Pennsylvania

Representative Pamela A. DeLissio
Pennsylvania

Representative Peter Schweyer
Pennsylvania

Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
Pennsylvania

Representative Sara Innamorato
Pennsylvania

Representative Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania

Representative Steven Malagari
Pennsylvania

Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
Pennsylvania

Representative Tim Briggs
Pennsylvania

Representative Tina Davis
Pennsylvania

Senator Dawn Euer
Rhode Island

Senator Elizabeth A. Crowley
Rhode Island

Senator Frank Ciccone
Rhode Island

Senator Walter Felag
Rhode Island

Representative Arthur Handy
Rhode Island

Representative Deborah Ruggiero
Rhode Island

Representative Edith H. Ajello
Rhode Island

Representative Jason Knight
Rhode Island

Representative John W. Lyle, Jr.
Rhode Island

Representative Joseph McNamara
Rhode Island

Representative Justine Caldwell
Rhode Island

Representative Lauren Carson
Rhode Island

Representative Rebecca Kislak
Rhode Island

Representative Susan R. Donovan
Rhode Island

Representative Terri-Denise Cortvriend
Rhode Island

Senator Cheryl M. Hooker
Vermont

Senator Michael Sirotkin
Vermont

Representative Avram Patt
Vermont

Representative Brian Cina
Vermont

Representative Caleb Elder
Vermont

Representative David Yacovone
Vermont

Representative John Gannon
Vermont

Representative Laura Sibilia
Vermont

Representative Mari Cordes
Vermont

Representative Michael Yantachka
Vermont

Representative Michael Mrowicki
Vermont

Representative Mollie S. Burke
Vermont

Representative Peter Anthony
Vermont

Representative Rebecca White
Vermont

Representative Sara Coffey
Vermont

Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Vermont

Representative Scott Campbell
Vermont

Representative Selene Colburn
Vermont

Senator Bob Hasegawa
Washington

Senator Christine Rolfes
Washington

Senator Jesse Salomon
Washington

Senator Karen Keiser
Washington

Senator Marko Liias
Washington

Representative Beth Doglio
Washington

Representative Cindy Ryu
Washington

Representative Derek Stanford
Washington

Representative Gael Tarleton
Washington

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
Washington

Representative June Robinson
Washington

Representative Roger Goodman
Washington