This week, the Trump administration announced plans to roll back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The standards would have raised the average fuel economy for all vehicles sold by any given manufacturer to be more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Fresh Energy executive director Michael Noble released the following statement in response.
“Rolling back fuel economy standards is unbelievably short sighted. More efficient cars help save families and businesses money. They reduce air pollution and the costly health problems it causes. Putting more expensive, more polluting cars into the marketplace doesn’t help anyone.
At a time when other countries around the world are setting ambitious goals to eliminate gas powered cars altogether in favor of cleaner electric vehicles, the United States has made the decision to deliberately take a step backward into the 20th century. With such lack of leadership at the federal level, it’s up to individual states and cities to take strong action to clean up their transportation sector with cost-effective electric cars and buses.”