On Thursday, August 5th, 2021, the Biden Administration signed an executive order strengthening America’s leadership on clean cars and trucks. Specifically, the president set a target for 50% of new vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2030 and asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a new multi-pollutant standard for clean cars.
Dream Corps Green For All issued the following statement in response:
“President Biden’s new administrative policies will help curb tailpipe emissions, create good-paying union jobs, sharpen America’s global competitiveness, and advance long standing environmental justice goals.
Pollution from cars and trucks has a real impact on the health of people who are regularly exposed to it, including premature death. This would include people who live near busy roads and highways.
Interestingly, it’s not cheaper to maintain dirty cars. It actually costs vehicle owners more money to own less fuel efficient cars, which require paying to refuel more often. That’s why setting strong federal standards for emissions and making a shift to zero-emission vehicles is so necessary. The President’s plan will improve people’s health and save Americans money.
Dream Corps Green For All recently released a new factsheet on the benefits of strong clean vehicle standards. Click here to learn more.
We now urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop very strong standards for emissions, in support of the President’s goal to move toward zero-emission transportation.
We also encourage Congress to introduce and pass legislation that would enable the transition to zero-emission vehicles by creating equitable consumer incentives for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles, strengthening clean car manufacturing tax credits, and expanding EV charging infrastructure nationwide. Passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $7.5 billion for EV charging infrastructure, would be a great first step in the right direction.
The future is better when we work together. We need everyone – the EPA, Congress, and vehicle manufacturers – doing their part. If we get this right, clean vehicle technology can create a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable future for all Americans.”
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About Dream Corps Green For All: Green For All, a program of Dream Corps, is a national program that is working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. We work at the intersection of the environmental, economic justice, and racial justice movements to advance solutions to pollution that uplift low-income families and communities of color.