Matsui Leads 90 House Members on Letter Condemning Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Proposal
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) led 90 House Members on a letter opposing the Trump Administration’s rollback of federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars.
In August, the Administration announced a plan to freeze the standards at the 2020 level through 2026. The plan also threatens states’ authority to set their own greenhouse gas standards under the Clean Air Act.
“After reviewing your preferred alternative in the NPRM, it is clear that your proposal will create uncertainty in the auto market, cause American drivers to spend more money on fuel, and accelerate GHG emissions,” the letter reads. “Dismantling these standards and challenging states’ statutory waiver authority under the guise of vehicle safety will ultimately harm our constituents and all drivers across the country.”
The letter concludes: “The NPRM is based on the faulty determination that the standards issued in 2012 are not feasible, a claim that the previous Administration’s 1,217-page Draft Technical Assessment Report proves to be false. We strongly oppose your proposed alternative, and urge you to withdraw this damaging, ill-considered proposal and engage immediately with all stakeholders to maintain the One National Program.”
Congresswoman Matsui is also the lead sponsor of the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2018, which would codify the Environmental Protection Agency’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards and the Department of Transportation’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model years 2021 to 2025. It would also block the agencies from creating loopholes in the standards.
The full text of the letter can be found here.