Cars are about to get 3 billion tons cleaner

The next new car or light-duty truck you buy is likely to contribute less to global warming.

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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.

The next new car or light-duty truck you buy is likely to contribute less to global warming.

On Dec. 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule reducing global warming pollution from cars and trucks, reversing a dangerous rollback initiated by the Trump administration. The rule will reduce air pollution and climate-related emissions from cars and trucks, promising to prevent 3.1 billion tons of additional greenhouse gases.

“Today, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that strong federal Clean Car standards are restored,” said Morgan Folger, Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon campaign director. “We’re finally seeing an onramp to a future with zero emissions from our cars and trucks.”

In 2020, Environment America filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's Clean Car rollback. Together with our 30 state environmental groups, our staff and members have advocated state and federal limits on carbon pollution from motor vehicles for more than two decades.

Read more about the standards.

Learn more about our Destination: Zero Carbon campaign. 

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

To clean up our roads, we'll to build on these standards with more clean transportation initiatives. Here’s one step we can take right now: Transition to all-electric public and school buses.

Photo: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced the rule at a press conference in December. Credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via YouTube CC0

 

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.