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Pallone on Trump Administration’s CAFE Standards Rollback

Aug 2, 2018
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed rollback of fuel efficiency and pollution standards, known as CAFE standards, for cars and trucks:

“The Trump Administration’s gutting of fuel economy standards doesn’t just grind the gears of progress to a halt; it throws our nation’s vehicle policy into reverse.  This decision is terrible for consumers, imperils public health, and pushes us further toward unchecked climate change amidst an unprecedented global heat wave.

“President Trump’s rollback will also undermine the competitiveness of our domestic vehicle industry and endangers the hundreds of thousands of jobs associated with car manufacturing.  The reality is car manufacturing is a highly competitive global industry and today’s rollback will undermine our manufacturers’ ability to compete for consumers around the world.     

“This action also takes direct aim at the ability of states like New Jersey and California to adopt better standards to protect people from air pollution and rising gas prices.  Sadly the Trump Administration is once again prioritizing corporate profits over the health and economic security of the American people.”