The EPA Takes a Major Step-Forward in Effort to Reduce Vehicle Pollution

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) updated fuel economy and tailpipe pollution standards for passenger vehicles, Evergreen Action Co-Director Sam Ricketts released the following statement:

“The EPA’s updated fuel economy and tailpipe pollution standards are a major step forward to reduce climate pollution that comes from combustion engine passenger vehicles. We are glad to see they listened to the response from stakeholders after the initial proposal in August and released standards that will do even more to protect our climate and public health. 

“But to get the job done and meet our climate goals, EPA Administrator Regan and President Biden will have to put the pedal to the metal on their clean cars agenda. Passenger vehicles are the most climate-polluting part of the most climate-polluting sector of our economy—and the administration must use every tool at their disposal to reduce this dangerous source of greenhouse gas and toxic air pollution. That must include the investments in electric vehicle consumer incentives, manufacturing, and charging infrastructure, in the Build Back Better Act. These investments will save Americans money at the pump, and ensure US automakers and workers lead the global economy in the 21st century. And, in the next round of rulemaking, EPA Administrator Regan should design strong, enforceable standards for fuel economy and tailpipe pollution that will drive us to 100% electric vehicle sales over the coming decade.”