For Immediate Release
350.org on Trump’s Expected Executive Order Challenging Fuel Economy Standards
WASHINGTON - Today, Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order challenging the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which serve increase the energy efficiency and curb the emissions of automobiles in the US.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Trump is about to sign one of the biggest corporate handouts to the fossil fuel industry. Cutting back fuel economy standards will drive up costs for the public while green-lighting new fleets of gas-guzzlers our climate can’t afford. The auto industry could create more jobs by investing further in fuel efficiency and the new technologies that make it possible. This is another dud from the Trump era aimed at lining the pockets of fossil fuel CEOs while hurting workers and our future.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.