President Announces Historic Actions to Grow American Jobs, Accelerate to Zero-Emitting Cars, Freight Trucks and Buses

Statement of EDF President Fred Krupp – August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021
Sharyn Stein, 202-905-5718,

“Today, I had the huge honor of being at the White House to hear President Biden, standing together with union leaders and executives from the Big Three U.S. automakers, announce historic goals to ensure half of new cars sold in America are zero-emitting by 2030. The President also directed EPA to move forward with standards that will help to make those goals a reality, and other standards to address pollution from new freight trucks and buses relying on all available zero-emitting solutions.

“The President’s action will help catalyze additional manufacturer investments, beyond the billions of dollars already committed, and will help grow high-paying American jobs for the workers who will build these zero-emitting vehicles. It will help ensure American families and businesses that buy these vehicles save thousands of dollars in avoided fuel costs. It will put us on the path to eliminating climate pollution from cars, freight trucks and buses, which we must do to address the climate crisis and help to ensure healthy communities.

“The blueprint announced today will ensure broadly-shared benefits for all Americans. Other countries are racing to eliminate pollution from their cars and trucks. Today’s announcement helps move America toward the front of the pack. Now we must all work together to realize the vision laid out here today, and to build on it to eliminate pollution from all new passenger cars by 2035 and all new freight trucks and buses by 2040.”

- Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund

# # #

One of the world’s leading international nonprofit organizations, Environmental Defense Fund ( creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. To do so, EDF links science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships. With more than 2.5 million members and offices in the United States, China, Mexico, Indonesia and the European Union, EDF’s scientists, economists, attorneys and policy experts are working in 28 countries to turn our solutions into action. Connect with us on Twitter @EnvDefenseFund