March 30, 2018
Action: Wake Up, Ford! Stop Working With Trump to Make Cars Dirty Again
As the EPA Sides With Automakers to Reverse Clean Car Standards, Advocates to Demonstrate Outside Ford’s D.C. Headquarters
WHAT: Consumer and environmental groups will deliver a wake-up call to Ford – literally – that working with the Trump administration to roll back clean car standards is unacceptable. With an installation of several hundred vintage-style alarm clocks set to ring at the same time outside Ford’s Washington, D.C., offices, the coalition will sound the alarm to Ford that the climate crisis is real, that time’s up and that the company should stop colluding with President Donald Trump. The event is organized by several groups in the Forward Not Backward Coalition, including Public Citizen, Greenpeace USA and the Safe Climate Campaign.
WHEN: 12:15 p.m. EDT Monday, April 2
WHERE: Plaza in front of Ford’s government relations office
801 Pennsylvania Ave NW
VISUALS: 300 alarm clocks, signs and banners
Background: In January 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that America’s clean car standards are working and achievable, and should not be rolled back. Yet, at the behest of Ford and other automakers, without any change in the facts, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to reverse that decision, ignoring the thousands of pages of research and analysis that support keeping the standards.
Despite helping craft the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards, automakers have pushed since Trump’s election to roll them back. Ford and other automakers have attacked the standards at every turn – most recently using their trade association to publish regulatory comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that cast doubt on commonly accepted climate science and the link between air pollution and adverse health impacts. Ford has claimed to be good on the climate even while executives have met with administration officials about watering down the standards.
If the standards remain strong, consumers will save billions at the pump, and more than 6 billion metric tons of dangerous climate pollution will be avoided.