Oct. 23, 2017
Telepresser: Stop the Rollback of Our Clean Car Standards
On Eve of Ford’s Third-Quarter Financial Announcement, Environmental and Consumer Groups Launch Campaign to Protect Clean Car Standards
WHAT: On Wednesday, join a press call to announce the launch of a campaign to protect vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards, also known as clean car standards, from being rolled back. Despite the popularity of the standards and despite having agreed to follow the popular environmental, public health and consumer safeguards, Ford and other automakers are colluding with President Donald Trump to roll them back. The campaign, “Forward, Not Backward: Stop the Rollback of Our Clean Car Standards,” is aimed at educating and mobilizing the public to call out and halt automakers’ rollback efforts. The announcement comes the day before Ford announces its third-quarter financials. On the call, a U.S. senator and experts will discuss the environmental, consumer and public health benefits of the Obama-era protections.
In 2011, automakers, labor groups and environmentalists stood alongside President Barack Obama as he announced new clean car standards that would double fuel efficiency by 2025 and reduce 6 billion metric tons of climate pollution over the lifetime of vehicles sold between model years 2017 and 2025. However, just days after the 2016 election, Ford and other automakers asked President-elect Donald Trump to review the program. In August, after several meetings with auto executives, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to review the standards.
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 25
CALL-IN: For call-in information, contact Angela Bradbery or Nadia Prupis.
WHO: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club
Margie Alt, executive director, Environment America
Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen
Leila Deen, projects director, Greenpeace
Dan Becker, director, Safe Climate Campaign