U.S. Must Do More to Eliminate Tailpipe Pollution from Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Statement of EDF Associate Vice President Peter Zalzal

July 27, 2021
Sharyn Stein, 202-905-5718, sstein@edf.org

“If news reports are correct, our nation must do more than focus on the Trump rollbacks alone to swiftly eliminate tailpipe pollution from new passenger vehicles, because that focus alone will not be enough to address the clear and present danger of climate change and the pollution that puts the health of our communities at risk.

“We need to eliminate the tailpipe pollution from new passenger vehicles by 2035 if we hope to curb climate change based on science and help ensure livable communities. GM has announced its goal to eliminate tailpipe pollution from new passenger vehicles by 2035 and Volkswagen has recently announced that it plans for 50 percent of all new vehicles it sells by 2030 to be zero-emitting. These zero-emitting solutions are at hand and they can be made in America – creating high quality jobs, saving families money at the gas pump, and helping to ensure healthier longer lives for all.”

Peter Zalzal, EDF senior counsel and Associate Vice President for Clean Air Strategies

For more information about zero-emission vehicles, see EDF’s new fact sheet.

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