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EPA Drives the Transportation Sector Forward with New Car Pollution Standards

Cars are one of the largest sources of U.S. climate pollution. Today, the EPA finalized new car pollution standards that move us towards a pollution-free future.

Why are car pollution standards important?

What is the Biden administration doing about car pollution?

How is Earthjustice pushing for cleaner cars and trucks?

  • Earthjustice has been advocating for strong car pollution standards for more than a decade, and we’ll continue to advocate for the transition to a pollution free clean transportation sector.
  • We are calling on the administration to adopt strong regulations on truck pollution. Trucks account for a quarter of transportation-related climate pollution, and they also emit heavy doses of nitrogen oxides, which damage hearts and lungs. Despite these health harms, the Biden administration has proposed a rule that would not require manufacturers to produce more zero-emissions trucks than are already projected.
  • We’ve also helped lay the groundwork for national progress by defending California’s authority to set stronger clean car standards than the federal government, and pushing California to lead the way towards a 100% zero-emissions future.
Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City.
Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Because electric vehicles are more efficient in converting energy to power cars and trucks, electricity across the board is cleaner and cheaper as a fuel for vehicles, even when that electricity comes from the dirtiest grid. (Mecky / Getty Images)

Originally published on July 9, 2021. Updated to reflect the most recent developments.