WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that automakers can and must continue to make cars and trucks go increasingly further on a gallon of gas and emit less pollution. The proposed determination on the greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles keeps America’s vehicles on track to double fuel efficiency by 2025 which is both feasible and affordable according to the administration’s technical assessment report released this summer.
“Today EPA made sure that automakers keep delivering cars that are exponentially less polluting and more efficient,” said Aminah Zaghab, Global Warming Solutions advocate with Environment America. “Transportation is the number one source of global warming pollution in this country. Today’s announcement protects our health and environment by ensuring our cars will get much cleaner over the coming years.”
The determination solidifies President’s Obamas commitment to clean car standards, reducing oil consumption and climate pollution. These standards will eliminate six billion metric tons of global warming pollution, reduce oil use by 12 billion barrels and save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump. EPA and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s joint report in July showed that auto companies have the technology to clean up our cars, with multiple vehicles already exceeding the standards. EPA’s continued push to clean up cars comes after auto companies have made multiple attempts to weaken the standards.
“It’s clear that we can and must do more to clean up our tailpipes to protect our health and the planet.” said Zaghab. “This decision confirms President Obama’s commitment put cleaner cars on the road and we thank him for that.”