In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) move to revoke the 2022-2026 vehicle emissions and mileage requirements, the American Lung Association’s National President and CEO, Harold P. Wimmer, issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision to roll back popular, commonsense cleaner cars standards disregards public health.
“The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Cleaner, more efficient vehicles and electric vehicles are key to safeguarding our most vulnerable, including children, older adults and people living with chronic diseases, who will suffer the impacts of climate change the most.
“Tougher cars standards play a critical role in stemming climate change. We are already seeing the effects of climate change, from increased levels of ozone pollution due higher temperatures to increased risk from wildfires and other extreme weather events. Failing to act on climate change now will have major consequences for our health today and for future generations.
“Today’s final rule comes after the administration’s attempt to revoke California’s and all states’ legal right, granted under the Clean Air Act, to set stronger limits on vehicle emissions. This goes against the wishes of some leading auto manufacturers, with numerous carmakers demonstrating support for California’s right to protect the health of its residents.
“Cleaner cars standards are a bipartisan issue: 74% of voters support the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, with majorities among Democrats and Republicans. Studies have also found that the rollback will cost American consumers more money.
“In finalizing today’s rollback, EPA and NHTSA are disregarding their responsibility to limit air pollution and ensure the health of all Americans. The Lung Association will continue to fulfill its mission of championing clean air for all and advocate for cleaner cars standards.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.