The Biden Administration has finalized new rules restoring strong vehicle mileage and air pollution standards. The decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation completes a major reversal of the Trump Administration’s pro-pollution policies. It returns the United States on a path toward greater fuel efficiency, consumer savings, and reduction of climate-altering greenhouse gases from the transportation sector.
“We are setting robust and rigorous standards that will aggressively reduce the pollution that is harming people and our planet – and save families money at the same time,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said. He called the rule “a giant step forward” in delivering on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda “while paving the way toward an all-electric, zero-emissions transportation future.″
“We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for listening to the public and swiftly delivering strong clean car standards that put us on the path to cut U.S. climate pollution in half by 2030. The rule goes a long way toward protecting communities, especially communities of color and low-income communities, from toxic traffic pollution and will deliver cost savings to families no matter what the price of gas is,” said national League of Conservation Voters Board Chair and former EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner.
Browner added, “This is just the beginning – the administration must build on this comprehensive rulemaking by proposing longer term clean car standards that get us to 60% electric vehicles by 2030 and 100% electric vehicles by 2035 – achievable goals that will clean our air and fight climate change. The stakes have never been higher and the opportunity has never been greater.”She also called on Congress to approve the climate investments included in the Build Back Better Act. Join her in urging the Senate to act now!