April 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to roll back 2012 fuel efficiency and air pollution standards for automobiles.

“The Trump Administration’s goal in rolling back fuel efficiency standards for cars is clear: heed the will of special interests, even at the expense of consumers and the environment. This is a short-sighted attack on the strides the auto industry and environmental advocates have made to develop cars that are clean, efficient and reliable. States like California have shown the path forward. Trump wants to take us backward.

In the last few years, we’ve seen companies build autonomous trucks and rockets that land themselves, but the Administration still thinks that pushing for advancements in clean car technology is stifling. It’s simply untrue.

Strong car fuel efficiency standards save money and create jobs while protecting the environment. The Union for Concerned Scientists found that strong emission standards would save the average household $2,800 by 2030. More than 288,000 Americans are working on clean car technology, and by 2030, these standards would’ve created 650,000 new jobs in the U.S. Thanks to these standards, we were on track to reduce global warming emissions by 280 million metric tons by 2030. Now we’re looking at halting measurable progress to instead set ourselves up for protracted legal battles and a confusing regulatory environment for automakers and consumers.

Ignoring facts and public sentiment is a hallmark of the Trump Administration so it’s no surprise that they’d push for regulatory reforms that consumers didn’t ask for. Even though the last two years were among the hottest on record, the Trump Administration is planning to curtail innovation meant to address climate change. In the process, his rollbacks will hurt Americans’ health and wallets."