Clean Air Standards at Risk

Written on: September 19, 2017

In this Season of Creation we have an opportunity to put into action the third component of the Laudato Si Pledge – to advocate for our common home as Pope Francis called for in his speech in Santa Cruz in 2015:

“Our common home is being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity. Cowardice in defending it is a grave sin. People and their movements are called to cry out, to mobilize and to demand–peacefully, but firmly–that appropriate and urgently-needed measures be taken. I ask you, in the name of God, to defend Mother Earth.”

Thanks for taking action and please pass it on to others,

Sister Diane

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt just announced plans to “review” President Obama’s clean car standards — opening the door for Trump to completely roll back these vital public health protections.

The clean car standards are a key part of Obama’s environmental legacy and critically important in reducing carbon pollution. The transportation sector is now the largest source of carbon pollution in our country and the Trump administration wants to gut the tools we have to reduce emissions from this sector.

Fortunately, our environmental champions in Congress are fighting back. Senator Ed Markey (Massachusetts), Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) recently testified in support of these commonsense standards at the EPA’s Midterm Evaluation hearing.

The comment period on these standards is now open — and Pruitt needs to hear from you. We’re launching an effort to gather 50,000 signatures telling Pruitt and Trump that we won’t let them roll back the clean car standards simply for automaker and oil company profits.

We know fuel efficient cars are better for the air we breathe, and better for the health of our planet. But it turns out they’re also better for our wallets by saving families money at the gas pump. In fact, consumers want more fuel-efficient cars — car owners picked fuel efficiency as the area where their current car has the most room for improvement. And the decision to weaken these standards is out of step with 87 percent of Americans who agree automakers should continue to improve fuel efficiency.

We need to make our voices heard now. Sign the Petition here


Sara Jordan
Legislative Representative
League of Conservation Voters

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