Biden administration proposes restoring federal Clean Car standards

After a dangerous detour, America's effort to clean up climate-changing auto pollution is getting back on track.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

After a dangerous detour, America's effort to clean up climate-changing auto pollution is getting back on track.

On Aug. 5, the Biden administration announced plans to strengthen federal Clean Car standards, requiring vehicles to meet increasingly stronger fuel economy and emission standards. This progress comes after the Trump administration moved to weaken existing standards -- moves that we challenged in court. The Biden plan would cut our country’s No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions and clean up our air. But it would fall short of the Obama administration’s previous standards. 

“This proposal turns us in a better direction, but the Biden administration can and should be more ambitious,” said Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Campaign Director Morgan Folger. 

With climate change fueling increasingly severe damage to people and the natural world each year, Environment America advocates moving faster toward zeroing out pollution from our cars and trucks. 

Read more about the proposal.

Learn more about our Destination: Zero Carbon campaign. 

TELL YOUR GOVERNOR TO COMMIT TO ALL-ELECTRIC PUBLIC AND SCHOOL BUSES

Here’s another step we can take right now: Transition to all-electric public and school buses. 

Photo: Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Campaign Director Morgan Folger got behind the wheel of an electric Nissan Leaf at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.