Major U.S. Businesses Call Out EPA for Rollbacks to Vehicle Emissions Standards

Strong national standards bolster state economies and help U.S. automakers stay competitive
Apr 2, 2018 5:00 PM ET
Press Release

April 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ - As leaders from states across the nation denounce U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final determination that would lead to a significant rollback of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, the Ceres senior director of policy and the BICEP Network, Anne Kelly, issued the following statement.

“The EPA’s decision will harm state economies across the nation, pushing up fuel costs for employers and consumers and making the U.S. automotive industry less competitive in the global marketplace. This decision will also increase air pollution, which will raise healthcare costs and lead to less productivity as a result of more missed work and school days. The businesses that drive the American economy need cars and trucks that run on less gas, a healthy workforce, and consumers with more money in their pockets to spend on local goods and services. We believe that a strong and consistent national standard is essential to ensuring key economic and environmental benefits, and we would oppose any attempts to undermine states’ rights to realize those benefits.”

The Ceres BICEP Network represents over 45 major U.S. employers, including General Mills, Adobe, Nike, and Mars, Inc. with a combined annual revenue topping $400 billion. In a letter to Administrator Pruitt, the BICEP Network urged the EPA to maintain the standards, which provide a critical opportunity to strengthen the U.S. economy, grow the job market, and enhance the competitiveness of the auto industry.

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Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. The Ceres BICEP Network comprises influential companies advocating for stronger climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level in the U.S. For more information, visit www.ceres.org and follow @CeresNews.

Helen Booth-Tobin
Ceres
+1 (617) 247-0700ext. 214