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Talking Points

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Clean Cars Talking Points & Sample Testimony

Talking Points

  • Since clean car standards were introduced, in 2012, they’ve reduced 240 million tons of climate-changing emissions from the environment and saved drivers $50 billion in fuel costs.

  • If clean car standards are left in place they will:

    • Cut new vehicles’ carbon emissions by nearly 50 percent by 2025

    • Nearly double the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks over the next decade

    • Save the average car owner nearly $6,000 over the lifetime of their car, and

    • Cut the nation’s oil consumption by 2.4 million barrels per day by 2030.

  • Transportation is now the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States and cars and trucks account for 60% of it. Keeping these common-sense standards in place is one of the single best things we can do to protect clean air and fight climate change.

  • If fully implemented, cleaner vehicles sold as a result of the standards will cut pollution that warms the planet by nearly 6 billion tons.

  • Consumers buying vehicles from 2021 through 2025 that meet the standards would collectively save $98 billion dollars, even after factoring in with the cost of cleaner, more efficient technologies.

  • U.S. automakers just experienced a seven-year record sales streak —  and for the last six of those years, clean car standards were in effect.

  • Clean car standards help make America’s auto industry more competitive while international car manufacturers who have prioritized fuel efficiency and emissions reductions.

  • Clean car standards help sustain nearly 300,000 American manufacturing jobs producing clean energy components for cars and they’re projected to create thousands

  • By even considering a rollback of the current clean car standards, both the EPA and DOT are failing to fulfill their missions to protect our climate, defend clean air, and reduce America's dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Please keep strong clean car standards in place and fulfill your agency's mission.

  • A freeze of clean car standards means that in 2030, the United States would consume 250 million additional barrels of oil and emit 120 million more metric tons of carbon pollution — an amount equivalent to running 30 coal-fired power plants.

  • We know, and research has proven, that strong clean car standards are good for public health, save drivers money at the pump, and keep America's auto industry competitive.

  • U.S. vehicle component suppliers support maintaining strong clean car standards and employ 2.6 times more Americans than the automakers. If clean car standards are rolled back, vehicle component suppliers could cut U.S. employees and move operations to other countries that are building the clean cars we need now and into the future.

  • While gas guzzlers may be cheaper to produce, drivers will end up paying much more in fuel costs to gas up their less-efficient vehicles.

  • It's clear that the only people who will benefit from a rollback of clean car standards are fossil fuel executives. Meanwhile, drivers will be forced to shell out billions in additional fuel costs while our cars and trucks speed up the process of climate change.

  • We cannot allow the Trump administration to destroy one of our most important environmental safeguards and derail the progress we've made in fighting climate change.

  • I also urge you to maintain California's decades-old waiver rule that allows the state to maintain stronger auto emission standards than the federal government requires -- bold pro-environment leadership that 12 other states have decided to follow. California lawmakers should be allowed to chart their own course on environmental protections. We must protect our states’ rights to regulate their own carbon emissions and continue leading on in the fight for clean energy.

Claire Morgenstern