Aerial photo of traffic on an overpass near Orlando, Florida.
Overpass near Orlando Aerial photo of a highway overpass and traffic on State Road 429 (a toll road) near Orlando, Floria. Human development compromises wildlife habitat in the state and TNC Florida works with land owners, developers, and government entities to help preserve pieces of land critical to the preservation of wildlife species. May 2019. © Carlton Ward Jr.

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The Nature Conservancy Supports New Clean Car Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first steps to advance stricter clean car standards to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Nature Conservancy applauds the decision, which will restore smart emission standards for cars and light trucks that were rolled back by the Trump administration in 2020. Those rollbacks were opposed by the Conservancy and many of the nation’s automakers. 

Reducing these emissions is essential for Americans’ health and to meet the challenge of the climate crisis.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

“Cars and trucks are among the most significant contributors to air pollution in the United States,” said Lynn Scarlett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy. “For nearly half a century, the EPA’s regulation of tailpipe emissions has been one of the most successful tools to improve the quality of the air we breathe. These standards have prompted innovation by car manufacturers so that cars will drive cleaner and further on less fuel, saving consumers money and helping address climate change through reduced carbon emissions.

“Reducing these emissions is essential for Americans’ health and to meet the challenge of the climate crisis. 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, which have been trending in the wrong direction even while the vehicles we drive have become more efficient and cleaner.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.