WASHINGTON – As the Environmental Protection Agency moves toward finalizing a series of rules aimed at lowering emissions for cars and trucks on the nation’s highways, activists from Public Citizen and partnering organizations sang a series of holiday songs calling on EPA Administrator Michael Regan to finalize strong clean vehicles rules now.
“Tailpipe pollution causes tens of thousands of premature deaths nationwide each year, especially in communities of color,” said Chelsea Hodgkins, senior ZEV advocate with Public Citizen’s Climate Program. “EPA must uphold its commitment to environmental justice this year by issuing the strongest clean car standards.”
The event, which included a projection on the EPA’s headquarters calling on the agency to stand with communities and enact clean cars rules, is part of a campaign aimed at ensuring finalization of the strongest version of proposed standards for clean cars issued in April.
The Route Zero campaign has been advocating for the EPA not to weaken the proposed federal clean car standards, which would require automakers to address and reduce tailpipe emissions from passenger vehicles on a yearly basis.
“As the climate crisis drives yet another record breaking year of extreme weather, the EPA must put us on the route to zero emissions,” Hodgkins said. “As the horns on EVs beep, making spirits bright, oh how we all hope the EPA will do what’s right!”
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