Statement by The Nature Conservancy Concerning the Trump Administration's Decision to Revisit Fuel Economy Standards

Arlington, VA | March 15, 2017

The Nature Conservancy strongly supports actions to address climate change and that affirm the basic safeguards that protect our air, land and water from pollution. The Conservancy therefore opposes the decision by the Trump Administration to revisit the fuel economy standards for light duty vehicles.

Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek said, “The Nature Conservancy strongly supports continued US leadership in fulfilling the promises of the Paris Agreement, and believes that federal action, including a price on carbon, are essential to addressing the threats a changing climate poses to our economy, our communities, and natural systems.

“Federal fuel economy standards are essential in driving the development of technologies that lower fuel use, reduce vehicle emissions, and save consumers money at the gas pump. Demanding that automakers seek cleaner-running and more efficient vehicles has given Americans cleaner air to breathe, more affordable vehicles to own, and has contributed to keeping US automakers relevant and competitive in the 21st century.”

“As the Trump Administration takes up the task of revisiting these standards, our hope is that they will involve a broad range of stakeholders, and put clean air and healthy people at the top of the priority list.”

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, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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