The Nature Conservancy Opposes the Rollback of Clean Air Standards

The Nature Conservancy strongly opposes the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to roll back clean car standards, issued today.

“Cars and trucks are significant contributors to air pollution in the United States,” said Lynn Scarlett, TNC's Chief External Affairs Officer. “Reducing these emissions is essential for Americans’ health and to meet the challenge of climate change. Our best information says that to avert the worst impacts of climate change, we must reach net zero emissions in the United States and around the world by 2050. We cannot do that if we do not significantly reduce emissions from cars and trucks.”

“For nearly half a century the EPA’s regulation of tailpipe emissions along with California’s unique role in reducing pollution from automobiles has been one of the most successful tools to improve the quality of the air we breathe. They have driven innovation on the part of car manufacturers so that cars will drive cleaner and further on less fuel, saving consumers money. Rolling back these standards does not help Americans breathe cleaner air. It does not save them money. It does not set us on a course to achieve net zero emissions. It is unwise to undermine this remarkably effective tool in the fight to address climate change and to breathe cleaner air.”

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