General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler yesterday sided with the Trump administration’s attack on states’ authority to carry out their own vehicle pollution standards. In response, Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed that these auto companies have chosen to attack the long-standing authority of U.S. states to reduce dangerous pollution from cars and passenger trucks. It is especially upsetting that they are taking this step now, when so many Americans are being forced from their homes by raging wildfires. The science is clear: climate change is making wildfires worse. State clean car authority under the Clean Air Act has been the law of the land –recognized by both parties – for decades. It is one of the most important solutions we have in the race to secure a stable climate and to protect millions afflicted by climate pollution.
“Many other auto industry leaders – Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW – recognize that strong clean car standards advance American innovation and help reduce pollution, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and secure a more stable climate. Those companies are working constructively to provide cleaner air, jobs and a stronger economy. State leadership is an essential ingredient in creating those shared economic opportunities and protecting the health and safety of all Americans.”
- Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund
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