What's the EPA Waiting for on Clean Cars?


Twelve states, representing a third of the U.S. auto market, have adopted clean car standards to reduce global warming pollution from vehicles—and even more are considering doing so. Yet, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has, for years, blocked the states from implementing their laws.

Despite overwhelming public support for the waiver, in the next few weeks, the EPA may attempt to quietly introduce conditions that would undermine states’ ability to implement their clean car standards. It’s imperative that EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson be reminded that the U.S. public is awaiting a decision and that he has the responsibility to unconditionally approve the clean car standards waiver.

Send him a letter today urging him to let the states move ahead with the laws they’ve passed.According to a Supreme Court ruling, the EPA has the authority and responsibility to reduce global warming pollution from automobiles. And a federal judge in Vermont strongly rejected automakers’ claims about complying with the clean car law.

Automakers already have the technology to cut global warming pollution from their vehicles. The UCS Vanguard, a minivan design, shows how automakers could use off-the-shelf technology and available fuels to cut global warming pollution from their vehicles more than 40 percent. Such designs would also save people money at the pump. If the EPA granted the necessary waiver, the dozen states that have adopted the standard would be able to cut as a much as 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020.

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