Clean Cars Benefits

Why Clean Cars?

Clean cars not only put more money in our pockets, they also reduce pollution that affects all Americans’ health, especially the most vulnerable among us. Transportation is now the country’s largest single source of the carbon pollution; cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks are the largest source of pollution within this sector.

Healthy Air

Despite progress made in recent decades, twenty-five million of Americans – including more than 6 million children – suffer from asthma. The clean car standards are the most effective policy we have on the books to reduce air pollution and fight climate change that makes unhealthy air even more dangerous.

Protecting Consumers

In addition to saving consumers billions at the pump, cleaner passenger cars and light trucks protect Americans from price spikes due to the volatile nature of the world oil market. Strong clean car standards also ensure that consumers have options at the dealership, including advanced technology gasoline cars, hybrids that use even less gasoline, plug-in hybrids that switch between gasoline and electricity, and all-electric battery or fuel cell cars that use no gasoline at all.

Reducing Carbon Pollution

Climate change is linked to extreme weather, sea level rise, increasing wildfires and worsening air quality. Carbon pollution exacerbates climate change. Clean car standards are able to deliver the single-biggest cut to those emissions.

Leading the World

Around the world, demand for cleaner, more efficient vehicles is increasing. Nations that invest in clean car technologies have a leg up in the international market. Moving forward on clean car technology means the U.S. has an opportunity to be a global leader once again.

Leading the Nation

Clean car states, that represent 118 million people and over a third of the automotive market, have a history of leading the nation with clean vehicle standards. All states are granted the unique authority under the federal Clean Air Act to adopt emissions standards that are more stringent than federal rules. The standards that were pioneered by these states formed the basis of the harmonized National Program. The states retain authority to adopt more stringent standards, even though they currently accept the National Program as its vehicle GHG emissions rule

If you add all of the states who have either joined litigation to protect the standards or vowed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, they represent 49 percent of U.S. vehicles. If you add new vehicles from cities voicing opposition to the rollback (outside the states already counted) that means all these climate-protecting states and cities amount to more than half (55 percent) of the U.S. auto market.