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For Immediate Release

Cleaner Cars Cut Costs and Pollution


Since the federal clean car standards were implemented in model year 2012 vehicles, the standards have cut global warming pollution, spurred innovation and saved consumers money. Environment America Research & Policy Center released a fact sheet today detailing the benefits of the clean car standards. America's drivers have already saved more than $50 billion at the pump thanks to these standards. Despite these huge plusses for Americans, the federal government plans to roll back our progress.

"We need the clean car standards to protect our health and environment. More efficient vehicles will help curb the effects of climate change, and at the same time, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which are costly in so many ways," said Morgan Folger, Global Warming Solutions Campaign Associate for Environment America.

The transportation sector is now the country's largest source of the carbon pollution that causes climate change; cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks are the largest source of pollution within this sector. The clean car standards are set to double fuel economy and cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025.

"Our daily commutes are cooking the planet, but they don't have to. We have the technology to build cleaner cars and the tools to give Americans cleaner choices for getting from point A to point B," Folger said.

In addition to curbing dangerous global warming pollution, the standards also cut transportation costs. Consumers Union found that when the current standards are fully implemented in 2025, consumers could save $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck over the lifetime of their vehicle.

The overwhelming majority (87%) of Americans support automakers building cleaner, more efficient cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Republicans and Democrats alike strongly favor common-sense clean car standards.

"We need to move forward to clean up our cars, not put the brakes on the progress we are set to achieve. We call on the federal government to deliver cleaner cars for the whole country," Folger said.

With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We're a national network of 29 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.

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