Revoking California Auto Emissions Waiver Hurts Consumers, Businesses, U.S. Competitiveness

E2: “President Trump is putting our country in reverse”

WASHINGTON (September 19, 2019) – The Trump administration today formally announced it will seek to revoke California and other states’ rights to set auto emission standards more stringent than federal standards, jeopardizing fuel economy, innovation and clean vehicle manufacturing jobs while increasing pollution.

The decision will also rollback an agreement between the state and manufacturers to produce passenger vehicles averaging 50 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2026 and replace it with the federal standards that freezes standards at 37 MPG.

The following is a statement from Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs):

“This nonsensical and vindictive move is emblematic of the Trump administration’s decisions on climate and energy policy. It goes against what automakers want, what consumers want and what our economy and our environment desperately need.

“As the rest of the world speeds ahead with cleaner, more efficient automobiles that are driving innovation, creating jobs and saving consumers and businesses money with every fill-up, President Trump is putting our country in reverse for absolutely no sensical reason.

E2 got its start 20 years ago when California business leaders began advocating for the world’s first standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. The standards eventually led to the California waiver and also set the path for the federal clean car standards.

For more information please contact Michael Timberlake at (202) 289-2407 or mtimberlake@e2.org.

Background:

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Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.z