August 05, 2021
Statement by Ann Mesnikoff, Federal Legislative Director
“The climate crisis is unfolding across the Great Lakes region and around the world and our cars, light trucks and transportation system are the leading source of U.S. climate pollution. The U.S. EPA’s and Department of Transportation’s proposal is a good step toward correcting the prior administration’s attack on clean car standards. As a vital next move, the Biden administration must swiftly follow through on its commitment to set even tougher pollution standards for cars and light trucks that will accelerate and ensure the transition to zero-emission vehicles while also clamping down on gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs that will remain on the road for a decade or more.
“We appreciate automakers aspiring to increase their electric vehicle fleets, but we cannot meet the President’s goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2030 with small steps and promises. Additionally, the president’s Executive Order today calling for EVs to make up 50% of all car and light truck sales by 2030 must be met with more than “aspirations” from car manufacturers.
“We look forward to working with the administration to strengthen the proposed clean car standards and close loopholes to ensure we have the standards necessary to protect the climate.”