On his first day in office, President Biden directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Trump administration’s rollback of clean car standards. Transportation is the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. and vehicle emissions pose a major threat to people’s health — especially in low-income communities and communities of color, where governments deliberately built pollution-inducing highways. Clean car standards are a critical tool to tackle the climate crisis and reduce dangerous air pollution in our communities.
Biden’s EPA recently proposed standards that recover crucial lost ground, but stop short of the ambition we need. President Biden has committed to bold action on climate and environmental justice, and we need solutions that meet the moment. The EPA must enact the strongest possible standards to put the U.S. on a path to an all-electric, zero-emissions transportation future — and to meet President Biden’s goal of cutting climate pollution in half by 2030.
Cleaner cars are a win for the environment, public health, and our economy. Strong standards will reduce our dependence on oil, save drivers billions at the pump, and prevent thousands of premature deaths and billions in health care costs every year. They will drive innovation in the auto industry and create jobs building technology that cuts pollution.
Earthjustice took the Trump administration to court to defend clean car standards. Join us in calling on the Biden EPA to strengthen these common-sense environmental and public health protections.