Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after the Environmental Protection Agency Reverses Vehicle Emissions Standards
DALLAS, TX – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency will roll back Obama-era regulations to improve gas economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from certain motor vehicles:
“Reversing the important emissions standards against the advice of industry experts has no basis in reality,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Mr. Pruitt is choosing to ignore the positive impacts that these standards have by reducing air pollution and saving Americans billions of dollars at the pump. Pollution creates not only an environmental crisis, but also a health crisis for seniors, children, and others who are vulnerable to pollutants. 25 million Americans – including more than 6 million children – suffer from asthma. We should not be rolling back the very safeguards that protect them.
“Since these regulations were put in place, Texans have realized $3 billion in savings through stronger fuel economy and global warming emissions standards. Our state can also expect to gain over 24,000 new jobs if these standards remain in place. The clean car standards are achievable and working, and automakers are on track to meet them at a lower cost than originally anticipated. That is why I am co-sponsoring H.R. 5226, the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2018, which supports the efforts between agencies, auto manufacturers, labor and environmental groups to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency. No one supports pumping more pollution in our air, and no one wants to spend more money on gasoline.”
The Obama administration approved the latest clean car standards in 2012, with the support of automakers. In January 2017, the EPA concluded that these standards are working, achievable, and should not be rolled back. Yet, without any change in the facts, Mr. Pruitt is reversing that decision, ignoring the thousands of pages of research and analysis that support keeping the standards in place.
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