Rolling back clean car standards would…
Hurt hard-hit, hardworking Americans the most
- Standards protect American families, businesses and institutions against gasoline price. The standards will save drivers between $3,200 and $5,700 over the life of a new car by 2025.
- If the standards are rolled back, hard-earned dollars will be sent to out-of-state and international oil interests, sucking important consumer dollars, the biggest economic driver, out of local.
Harm public health
- Air pollution causes nearly 80,000 premature deaths in the U.S. each year—more than twice the number of fatalities that are caused by car crashes.
- Vehicle pollution in just ten U.S. states resulted in $37 billion in health and climate costs. On average, every tank of gas has an additional $18.42 in hidden health and climate costs attributed to: asthma attacks, lost work days, ER visits and hospitalizations and premature deaths.
Jeopardize states’ rights
- A rollback of the federal standards could put the National Program at odds with clean cars states’ vehicle emissions targets.
- To resolve this problem of a roll back, the administration will launch an unprecedented assault on the Clean Air Act and revoke the rights of states to protect their citizen from harmful vehicle pollution.
- Without states’ rights, Americans could still be stuck in dirty cars using leaded gasoline. We might not have catalytic converters or any of the numerous important technological advances that were brought about directly as a result of strong state.
Undermine states’ economies and competitiveness
- The 13 clean car states and D.C. have some of the most vibrant economies in the nation and the world. Attempts to weaken in-state programs would kill jobs and reduce the autonomy of local economies.
- The standards spur demand for advanced technology, and by 2030, are expected to create an estimated 650,000 jobs throughout the U.S., including 50,000 in light-duty vehicle manufacturing.
- States that want to keep their economies strong must continue to develop clear car technology as the global market shifts. Without strong standards, the U.S. will cede global economic leadership to other nations such as China, Europe or India, where plans are in place to limit or ban gas-powered vehicles in coming.