Our nation's transportation system has allowed us a higher quality of life and expanded mobility, but the transportation sector is also a significant contributor to poor air quality and climate change.
EDF supports innovative federal and state efforts that are reducing the negative impact of getting from one place to another.
The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States.
Our cars, trucks, ships and other vehicles also emit other dangerous types of air pollution – like particle pollution, which contributes to asthma attacks and lung disease – when they burn gasoline and diesel, the most commonly used fuels.
Health and budget solutions
Smart policies to clean up our transportation system are already paying off. By requiring more efficient vehicles, we can reduce air pollution, mitigate climate change, and save American families money at the gas pump.
In 2012 we finalized new Clean Car Standards for all new cars in model years 2017 to 2025. This program will almost double our fuel economy performance by 2025, will reduce climate pollution, and will save Americans $1.7 trillion at the gas pump over the life of the program. However, the Trump Administration is now reconsidering key parts of the program and could weaken it.
In August 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) finalized the second round of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for the nation's heavy trucks. These standards help ensure that our nation's fleet of trucks uses dramatically less fuel, cuts climate and other harmful pollution, and saves both truckers and consumers money.
Tailpipe and gasoline standards finalized in 2014 will cut dangerous pollution and save thousands of lives every year.