Aug. 2, 2018
Consumer and Environmental Groups Will Demand Clean Car Standards Be Protected
With Cardboard Cutouts of Children Wearing Surgical Masks, Activists Will Gather Outside EPA, Ford and DOT Headquarters
WHAT: Press conference and demonstration opposing the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of clean car standards, also known as fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. On Thursday morning, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator Heidi King announced plans to roll back the standards. Doing so will cause 6 billion more tons of carbon pollution to be dumped into the atmosphere that would have otherwise been prevented – a direct attack onpublic health and the health and safety of America’s children.
The rollback comes after Ford and other automakers waged a costly, multi-year lobbying effort to persuade the Trump administration to undo the standards, which the industry in 2011 pledged to follow.
After the press conference, the groups will move to Ford’s D.C. headquarters and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with the display.
The standards, which were agreed to by automakers, labor unions, environmental groups, the EPA, DOT and California, would double vehicle efficiency, save consumers $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs and reduce oil consumption by up to 4 million barrels every day. A recent poll found that nearly seven in 10 American voters want the existing standards to remain protected.
WHEN: 12 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 2
WHERE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (by the 12th Street entrance)
Madeline Page, clean cars campaign coordinator, Public Citizen
Debbie Sease, senior lobbying and advocacy director, Sierra Club
Grace Garver, spokesperson, Safe Climate Campaign