Given the background, Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, said, “The fact that Ford just denied that it is lobbying the Trump administration to roll back the clean car rules the company agreed to and promised to support, shows that it needs to wake up and smell its pollution.”
“Rolling back the clean car standards is a disaster for our climate and for consumers,” added Madeline Page, campaign coordinator for Public Citizen. The group says “rules already are delivering benefits.” By 2025, the group says, the standards would mean that:
“That’s why we are here to give a wake-up call to Ford about the consequences of its push with the Trump administration,” Page continud. “Consumers will not stand by quietly. We are sounding the alarm about Ford’s dangerous efforts.”
As expected, Pruitt announced Monday that “the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised.”
“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.” Pruitt did not lay out what “more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards” would be, stating that the EPA along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would begin that process.
Progressive organization CREDO criticized the announcement.
“This is what happens when you put an oil industry shill in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency,” said CREDO Action co-director Josh Nelson. “No one should be surprised that Scott Pruitt, who literally rented his condo from an energy industry lobbyist, habitually puts corporate polluters ahead of the American people.”
“This backwards decision,” he continued, “will pollute our air, increase costs at the pump, and fuel climate change, but Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump don’t care because it will keep their corporate cronies happy.”
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