August 2, 2018

Whitehouse Statement on Trump Fuel Standard Rollback

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back critical fuel economy standards for cars and trucks:

“Automakers acted proud of themselves for committing to this plan under President Obama – and they should have been.  The standards would save American motorists $1.7 trillion over the life of their vehicles, and reduce the pollution driving climate change and dirtying our air in downwind states like Rhode Island.  The companies had the technology to do it.  It was going to be a win-win.

“This new rule represents automakers breaking their word to the American people.  Then Koch front groups, sensing opportunity to sell more polluting products, rushed in to roll back these important protections.  I expect stuff like this from Trump and the Koch network.  I don’t expect it from an industry that made a show of doing right by the American people and our environment.”



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