Matsui Releases Statement Following End of Department of Justice Probe Into Carb–Automaker Agreement

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Washington, February 10, 2020 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Justice Department’s decision to terminate its antitrust probe into the California Air Resources Board (CARB)-automaker agreement to set higher climate standards.

“Today is a win for California. Climate change will continue to be the defining fight of our lives, and we must do what is necessary to secure a future for American families. Despite the Trump Administration’s best efforts, California has been steadfast in its commitment to addressing the climate crisis through robust air quality and climate standards,” said Congresswoman Matsui, Sacramento’s voice in Congress. “It was obvious from the start that the Administration launched this misguided antitrust probe purely for political purposes in an effort to intimidate other car companies from joining the CARB agreement. In the face of Trump’s anti-climate agenda, the leadership of Mary Nichols at CARB and the participating automakers conveys a clear message and example of the cooperation that is possible between public and private entities to make a meaningful impact on the climate crisis. With the shadow of this probe lifted, I look forward to more automakers joining this agreement and continuing the signal to the Administration that we are on the right side of history and on the right side of the fight to combat climate change.”

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