In 2011, automakers, labor groups and environmentalists stood alongside President Obama as he announced new vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, or the clean car standards, which would double fuel efficiency by 2025 and reduce 6 billion metric tons of climate pollution over the lifetime of vehicles sold between model years 2017 and 2025. Since then, the standards have saved consumers money, protected public health and led to impressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
A 2016 assessment by U.S. EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board shows that automakers are meeting the standards more affordably and faster than predicted, passing the benefits on to consumers. According to analysis by the Consumer Federation of America, many models already exceed the current CAFE requirements. However, just days after the 2016 election, Ford and other automakers asked President-elect Donald Trump to review the program. In August, after several meetings with auto executives, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to review the standards with the intention of rolling them back.
A rollback of the standards would cost the average American thousands of dollars, endanger public health and contribute to dangerous climate pollution. Automakers should go forward, not backward.
Communication with the Automakers
Further Resources on the Clean Car Standards
An Analysis of Consumer Savings and Automaker Progress On the Road to 2025 CAFE Standards – Consumer Federation of America
“Floor It:” NRDC Poll Shows Broad Bipartisan Backing for Clean Cars and Clean Transportation – National Resources Defense Council
“No other federal policy is delivering greater oil savings, consumer benefits, and global warming emissions reductions than these two rounds of standards” – Union of Concerned Scientists’ Review of Light-duty Vehicle Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards
New ICCT study shows cost estimates for meeting MPG and pollution standards are overstated by as much as 40 percent – International Council on Clean Transportation
Better Fuel Economy, Better Cars: Benefits of the Fuel Economy Standards – Consumers Union
“State of the Air 2017” – American Lung Association
Cars, Trucks, and Air Pollution: Transportation is the largest single source of air pollution in the United States – Union of Concerned Scientists
New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Will Continue to Inspire Innovation – U.S. Department of Energy
Vehicle Emissions Guide – Parts Geek