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Former EPA Chief to Trump: Keep Clean Car Standards

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Carol Browner (Charles Dharapak/AP)

By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 11:34 AM

A former EPA administrator is calling for the Trump administration to leave in place clean car standards that limit the amount of pollutants vehicles emit.

Carol Browner led the EPA from 1993-2001 under President Bill Clinton, and she later worked in the Obama administration in a role that encompassed energy and climate change. In an opinion piece for The Hill, Browner wrote that the standards save consumers money and help the environment.

"President Trump and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, want to block these common sense health protections. It's a mistake we need to stop," Browner wrote, referencing reports that say the Trump administration may relax the clean car standards.

"Finalized in 2012 and reviewed in 2016, the clean car standards require automakers to cut tailpipe pollution, specifically the carbon pollution that fuels climate change, and improve gas mileage across their fleets. Put simply, the standards are working."

Browner then explained that Americans have saved a combined $47 billion in gas purchases because of the improved efficiency of the fuel. Further, she wrote that the initiative has led to 300,000 U.S. workers continuing to improve and build clear car technologies.

Browner argued that oil companies and other critics of clean air standards often push back on them, saying they will raise prices and hurt the U.S. energy supply.

"Again and again, when the U.S. sets an environmental standard, naysayers warn of falling skies, big costs, and economic burdens. And their pessimism always proves wrong," she wrote.

"Why? When you bet against American ingenuity, you lose.

"By working to end the clean car standards, the Trump administration is doing just that. They're betting against American ingenuity, with no faith in the innovation we can create to achieve great things."

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A former EPA administrator is calling for the Trump administration to leave in place clean car standards that limit the amount of pollutants vehicles emit.
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