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Action

Tell auto makers to withdraw pressure on EPA to weaken climate pollution standards for vehicles and to publicly state their support for the standards they previously agreed to. Messages may be sent to the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers, which represents the makers of 70% of cars sold in the U.S. and has been lobbying to weaken the standards.

Suggested Script to the Alliance

(It’s best to personalize the script if possible.)

I am disappointed that the Alliance has worked to undo the promise auto makers made in 2012 to achieve strong standards to reduce climate pollution. Since passenger vehicles account for 60% of transportation sector carbon emissions, and transportation contributes a third of U.S. climate pollution, U.S. automakers have an opportunity to be leaders in addressing climate change. In California where I live, it is even more important to reduce emissions as transportation accounts for more than 36% of greenhouse gases.

Strong, stable and achievable emissions standards benefit the auto industry at the same time they benefit the public and the planet. EPA’s standards are reducing climate pollution, saving families money, and growing the jobs of the future. Maintaining the standards agreed to in 2012 provides stability to auto makers, makes them competitive in the global market, and helps keep jobs in the U.S.

Climate change is real and is already affecting our lives. I want my next car to be made by a company that publicly supports the strongest fuel-efficiency and emission standards - a company that cares about the public’s health and safety and is a leader in reducing its contribution to climate change.

Please put the American people first, keep your promise, and reconsider your efforts to change the standards.

Suggested Script for your Members of Congress

I have sent the attached comments to the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. I ask for your support to publicly denounce the planned rollback of climate-related vehicle emission standards and to use your authority to hold EPA accountable to the best science and the health and safety of the American people. Thank you.

(1) Write or call the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Mitch Bainwol
President and CEO
1415 L Street, Suite 1190
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 447-7315

OR

Mitch Bainwol
President and CEO
803 7th Street, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 326-5500

(2) Share your message with your members of congress

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707, (310) 914-7300, (202) 224-3841, or email.
  • Senator Kamala Harris: (415) 355-9041, (213) 894-5000, (202) 224-3553, or email.
    Find your Representative:
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier - 11th district: (510) 620-1000, (202) 225-2095, or email.
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi - 12th district: (415) 556-4862, (202) 225-4965, or email.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee - 13th district: (510) 763-0370, (202) 225-2661, or email.
  • Rep. Jackie Speier - 14th district: (650) 342-0300, (202) 225-3531, or email.
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell - 15th district: 510-370-3322, 202-225-5065, or email.

Background

Passenger vehicles emit 60 percent of transportation-related carbon pollution, and the transportation sector contributes a third of U.S. carbon pollution to the atmosphere. EPA’s greenhouse gas emission standards are the single biggest step the U.S. has taken to address climate pollution. However, the EPA under Pruitt has announced that it will roll back automobile greenhouse gas emission limits and fuel efficiency standards that automakers agreed to in 2012. Automakers are breaking their 2012 promise by pushing the Trump administration to weaken the standards adopted in 2012 for the years 2022-2025 (gradually stronger standards are implemented over time). Health and technology-based standards have already reduced 230 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved consumers more than $49B in gas costs while creating jobs - more than 288,000 are employed in the U.S. making parts for cleaner vehicles - and reducing oil consumption, while automakers have enjoyed record-breaking sales. The 2022-2025 standards would reduce 6B tons of carbon pollution and $1.7T in gas costs.

In a reversal of EPA’s mission and with pressure from the industry, Pruitt is trying to weaken vehicle emission standards. Weaker standards will harm the public’s health, worsen climate change, make vehicles more expensive to drive, reduce jobs and weaken global competitiveness. Pruitt ignores comprehensive analysis by EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board showing that the standards are achievable at reasonable cost and that benefits outweigh overall costs.

Note that some manufacturers have come out in support of EPA’s existing standards but are looking for more flexibility in applying them. Other companies plan to make their entire fleets electric in the near future.

References

EPA’s 2016 Technical Assessment Report and subsequent analysis
National Resources Defense Council
New York Times
Washington Post