Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

For Immediate Release


Seth D. Michaels, 

Press Release

New Clean Car Standards a Welcome Step for Climate—But US Must Go Further

Statement by Johanna Chao Kreilick, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final standards for emissions from cars and light trucks. These standards, which cover model years 2023 through 2026, are significantly stronger than the rules put in place under the previous administration, taking an important step toward a cleaner future. But, as automotive technology advances and the climate crisis grows more urgent, these standards must only be the first step for this administration, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Below is a statement by Johanna Chao Kreilick, president of UCS.

“The science is sending us an unmistakable message: we can, and must, reduce the emissions that are threatening the stability of our climate. And since the biggest source of these climate-endangering emissions is transportation, we have to put strong rules in place to clean up the cars and light trucks on our roads. Today’s announcement is a welcome and necessary response to this threat: these rules will deliver cleaner cars to the country’s drivers.

“The administration listened to the science in strengthening its proposal—and it should again listen to the science by setting its sights even higher. The new standards go a long way to undoing the damage done by the previous administration, but to stem climate catastrophe we must set our ambitions higher and demand more. We need policies that will cut global warming emissions 60 percent by 2030 and put us on a path to 100 percent electric vehicle sales. We know the industry can meet this moment. They’ve publicly ‘aspired’ to do so—but we need this administration to continue to press them to make those promises real.

“Climate change poses a threat that’s more undeniable with each passing day. We need policies that meet the urgency of this challenge. We call on the administration to move quickly and create much stronger standards for 2027 and beyond to build upon today’s progress.”

Dave Cooke, senior vehicles analyst for the Clean Transportation Program at UCS, wrote about the benefits of vehicle standards and the need for strengthening them here.


The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

'Tax the Rich,' Say Millionaire Activists Protesting at Davos Amid Record Wealth, Inequality

"As someone who has enjoyed the benefits of wealth my whole life I know how skewed our economy is and I cannot continue to sit back and wait for someone, somewhere, to do something," said one demonstrator.

Brett Wilkins ·

Rights Group Urges Civilian Safeguards as Biden Sends Troops Back to Somalia

"A culture of impunity for civilian loss breeds resentment and mistrust among the population and undermines efforts to build a more rights-respecting state," Human Rights Watch's regional director asserted.

Brett Wilkins ·

Australian Progressives Hail 'Greenslide' Amid Big Left Wins and Morrison's Ouster

"People have backed the Greens in record numbers and delivered a massive mandate for action on climate and inequality," said party leader Adam Bandt.

Brett Wilkins ·

Omar Leads Charge Against Baby Formula Monopolies Amid US Shortage

Democrats urge the FTC to probe "any unfair or unsustainable practices, like deceptive marketing, price gouging, and stock buybacks, that may be weakening our nutritional formula supply."

Jessica Corbett ·

'Arbitrary, Racist, and Unfair': Judge Blocks Biden From Ending Title 42

"Only the coyotes profiteering off of people seeking protection have reason to celebrate this ill-reasoned ruling," said one migrant rights advocate.

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo