Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Threat to Roll Back Fuel Economy Standards
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fuel Economy Standards:
“Congress passed a bold, bipartisan energy bill signed by President Bush in 2006 to increase fuel efficiency standards, put money back in consumers’ wallets, clean our air, and protect our climate. President Trump claims he wants to create good-paying manufacturing jobs, then targets the achievements that have bolstered American innovation and strengthened our clean energy future.
“Rolling back fuel economy standards would hurt consumers, weaken our global competitiveness, and damage our climate. Eight years after Democrats rescued the American auto industry, saving more than a million jobs, American auto makers are on the rise and enjoying record car sales. Rather than promote continued American leadership and innovation in the auto industry, any action to freeze these fuel standards would cost Americans $370 billion and threaten the air our children breathe. The climate crisis remains one of the greatest challenges of our era and demands our urgent action.
“Public servants have a responsibility to protect God’s creation for all our children. The Trump Administration should work together with Congress to invest in America’s clean energy future and create the good-paying jobs needed to build a stronger America for all.”
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