The Obama administration recently announced a strong final rule for national fuel economy standards, a decision that could finally get clean car technology off the shelf and onto our roads.
Many automakers supported these common-sense regulations, which mark the first time in U.S. history the federal government has regulated global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.
Unfortunately, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is still trying to keep cleaner cars off our roads. Their lawyers are actively supporting attempts to block the government's ability to regulate global warming emissions.
It's time to tell NADA that consumers aren't buying their lemon of a lawsuit. Send a message to NADA to say that American drivers want cleaner cars, not more lobbyists and lawsuits.
The U.S. transportation sector is responsible for emitting more carbon emissions - the primary global-warming gas - than all but three other countries' emissions from all sources combined.
Not only will fuel economy standards cut global warming pollution, but they will also reduce America's oil consumption and save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump.
Take action to support stronger fuel economy standards now.
- Chairman, National Automobile Dealers Association
I am writing to express my disappointment in the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) actions to prevent customers from being able to purchase cleaner cars. While passenger vehicles on the road today emit far fewer smog-forming pollutants than they did a generation ago, the truth is these vehicles still emit profound amounts of global warming pollution. In fact, passenger vehicles in the United States are alone responsible for emitting more global warming emissions than the entire economies of all but three other countries in the world.
In developing the new clean car rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation, and the state of California all worked closely together to set strong standards. Through this cooperation, the end result was a streamlined approach to regulating global warming emissions and fuel economy standards. It is difficult to understand why NADA is both litigating to keep this successful collaboration from producing the next generation of cars and lobbying to strip the EPA of its power to help us get cleaner vehicles in any size and class.
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