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Trenton NJ (October 29,2018)--Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has filed comments on behalf of New Jersey, and alongside 20 Screen Shot 2018-08-18 at 15.10.47 other states, demanding a withdrawal of the EPA’s proposed elimination of the Clean Car Standards. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed to eliminate these standards that help reduce air pollution from vehicles. The standards were adopted by the Obama Administration in 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through federal vehicle fuel economy standards.


“New Jersey is standing up to the Trump Administration by filing these comments objecting to the clean car standards. By eliminating the Clean Car Standards, Trump is siding with Big Oil and corporate polluters over our environment and clean air technology. This affects New Jersey more than any other state because 45% of our pollution comes from automobiles. We also get impacted because we are a corridor state getting pollution from in and out of state that are driving on our turnpikes and other major highways,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “We want to thank AG Grewal for challenging this reckless and dangerous plan.”

Each year, American passenger vehicles spew upwards of three trillion tons of carbon pollution into the air by burning about 121 billion gallons of gasoline. Trump’s actions could heavily increase our depends on oil, gas, and coal over things like solar and wind. By continuing to extract and use fossil fuel we end up undermining renewable energy and any chance of combating climate change. Pipelines and power plants produce greenhouse gasses such as CO2 and methane.

“This plan is reckless, shameful, and fuel-ish, which is why it’s important that New Jersey is fighting back. We’ll be wasting gas and increasing the health effects that accompany air pollution in places. The proposal also stops federal rules that would increase fuel efficiency by capping federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 level. Without these requirements, now the emissions coming out of our tailpipes will be dirtier and auto makers won’t have any incentive to make electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Jeff Tittel. “This change would also undermine important programs for electric vehicles and zero emissions.”

The clean car standards limit carbon pollution by 6 billion tons, save consumers $1.7 trillion dollars in fuel costs, and reduce oil consumption by up to 4 million barrels every day.  Car companies already meet the California Car Standards and sell those cars across the countries. They are also working to meet the future goals. In 2016, U.S. EV sales rose 37 percent over 2015, with well over half a million Americans now driving plug-in cars Now car companies will have to retool and it will cost them to add more pollution to our air.

 “This is a dirty deal for dirty air. Instead of driving our economy forward with cleaner vehicles, Trump is working to increase greenhouse gas emissions, and make climate impacts worse. One of the big impacts of rolling back vehicle efficiency standards will cost us more at the pump. If cars are less efficient, it will force us to buy more gasoline while raising the price. This will be a double whammy on our wallets. Auto companies are spending millions of dollars to develop clean energy and cars and now it will cost them billions of dollars to adopt to Trump’s new standards on car emissions,” said Tittel. “Trump is also trying to block a California waiver from 1992 that has saved many lives and prevented air pollution across the country and in New Jersey.”

Trump’s decision to rollback clean car emission standards could make it much more difficult for states like New Jersey and California to set strong emissions and fuel efficiency standards. Without these requirements, now the emissions coming out of our tailpipes will be dirtier and auto makers won’t have any incentive to make electric and hybrid vehicles

“No matter what the Fossil Fool in the Whitehouse does, we can, and are, fighting back. New Jersey must continue to stand up to the Trump Administration to save our lungs and protect our economy. We must fight back to protect our clean air and stop Trump from rolling back environmental protections such as these important emissions standards. New Jersey, as well as the rest of the country needs to move forward with clean car technology and fuel efficiency,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “Just like we stopped Trump on the glider truck rule, we can stop him from rolling back these vital clean air rules. It’s too important for our environment. That’s why states like New Jersey and groups like the Sierra Club are fighting back.”

source NJ Sierra Club