March 26, 2018
Response Planned to EPA Rollback of Clean Car Standards
Public Citizen to Hold Ford Accountable for Collusion With Trump Administration
Public Citizen plans an on-the-ground action this week in response to the Trump administration’s expected announcement about clean car standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to roll back the rules, which limit global warming pollution by 6 billion metric tons and already have saved consumers over $50 billion in fuel costs. Public Citizen’s action will be done in conjunction with other groups that are part of the Forward Not Backward campaign.
It is unclear when the EPA will make its announcement; however, the agency has until April 1 to act. Please keep an eye on your inboxes. As soon as we know when the announcement will be, we’ll send an advisory with more information about the action.
In January 2017, the 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 to roll them back since President Donald Trump’s election. 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.