Matsui Leads 19 Energy & Commerce Colleagues in Legislation to Preserve Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions Standards

Bill Would Codify EPA and DOT Light-Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2021 to 2025

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Washington, March 8, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA-06) led 19 of her House Energy & Commerce Committee colleagues in introducing the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2018, which would preserve fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save drivers money at the pump.

The legislation would codify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) standards that were created in 2012 for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for model years 2021 to 2025.

In March of 2017, the Trump Administration announced that the EPA and DOT would be revisiting those standards, despite the fact that the EPA issued a final determination in January 2017 to maintain them.

“The benefits of these standards are undeniable,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “By taking action to preserve them legislatively, we are continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect public health, save consumers money at the pump, and promote innovation. Allowing the Trump Administration to roll back these standards would be a step backwards. We should instead be promoting policies that drive us towards a more sustainable future for all Americans.”

The Clean and Efficient Cars Act would preserve both the 2012 EPA and DOT rules, as well as stop the agencies from creating loopholes in the standards. This would block any attempts by the Trump Administration to reduce fuel economy or increase emissions through a rollback of the 2012 rules.

Original co-sponsors of the legislation include: Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Gene Green (D-TX), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Kathy Castor (D-FL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Joseph P. Kennedy (D-MA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Scott Peters (D-CA).

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

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