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Pallone on Trump’s CAFE Standards Announcement

March 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced that he will reopen midterm review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which was finalized under the Obama Administration.  This move opens the door to rolling back implementation of the standard requiring cars and light-duty trucks to reach a 54.5 miles per gallon standard by Model Year 2025:

“Today, the Trump Administration threw the gears firmly into reverse, slowing the drive toward improved air quality, lower consumer costs, and reduced dependence on foreign oil.  Transportation contributes a large proportion of harmful air pollution in America and that pollution exacerbates climate change.  Any roll-back results in a high cost to consumers, public health, the environment, and our economy.  These standards are essential to meeting consumers’ demands and international competition for more efficient cars.  We should be moving forward with new clean technology and not grinding progress in the transportation sector to a halt.”