Cleaning up our transportation system

Cars in traffic

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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 problem

Transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States, only behind the power sector.

Our cars, trucks, ships and other vehicles also emit particle pollution 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 make fewer trips to the gas pump.

Clean Cars

Most light-duty vehicles are already exceeding national fuel efficiency standards finalized in 2012. This program will double our fuel economy performance by 2025, reduce greenhouse gases, and save over $1.5 trillion.

Clean trucks

The U.S. set the first-ever greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for new freight trucks and buses in 2011. President Obama has pledged to improve those standards in 2015. Stronger standards will mean less fuel consumption and less climate pollution – while saving both truckers and consumers money.

Tier 3

Tailpipe and gasoline standards finalized in 2014 will cut dangerous pollution and save thousands of lives every year.