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For Immediate Release

Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Environment Campaigns Director, 609-610-8002, 
Morgan Folger, Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Campaign Director, 267-609-6810, 
Taran Volckhausen, Communications Associate, 720-212-9955,

Fully Restored Clean Car Standards Will Help Reduce Long-Term Oil Consumption

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces NHTSA’s final federal fuel economy standards


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized on Friday its fuel economy rule. The revised federal Clean Car Standards will make future cars more efficient and drive innovation toward cleaner technologies, such as electric vehicles. Finalizing this rule was the last step the Biden administration needed to take to reverse the previous administration's rollback of the federal Clean Car Standards.

Experts from Environment America and U.S. PIRG issued the following statement:

"Fuel economy standards have thrust the auto industry forward over the past 50 years ensuring our cars pollute less and go further on each gallon of gasoline," said Environment America Destination: Zero Carbon Director Morgan Folger. "Americans use too much oil, which burns up into dangerous pollution that harms our lungs and traps more heat in our atmosphere. As the market shifts to zero-emission electric vehicles, these rules are essential to make sure every fossil fuel-powered vehicle that remains is having as little impact on our warming climate as possible. Thank you Secretary Buttigieg for restoring Clean Car Standards that push the industry to innovate and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels."

"As a result of America's over reliance on fossil fuels, our transportation sector now produces more global warming pollution than any other part of the economy. If we want clean air and a healthy climate, we need to reduce our transportation-related emissions and reduce our use of oil," said U.S. PIRG Environment Campaigns Director Matt Casale. "By setting stronger Clean Car Standards, the Biden administration is taking important action that will help us avoid burning more gasoline that is fueling the climate crisis and harming our health."

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.