Governor Wolf: Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Plan Rips off PA Consumers, Workers, Communities

April 04, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s plan to weaken current fuel efficiency standards:

“The EPA’s plan to weaken fuel economy standards hurts Pennsylvania’s consumers, workers, and everyone who wants to breathe cleaner air. Fuel economy standards are lowering gas bills, spurring innovation to create jobs, keeping air cleaner, and creating demand for cleaner domestic energy and renewable technology,” said Governor Wolf.

“The current standards have led to the development of new technologies, manufacturing innovation, and new jobs throughout the U.S., while reducing consumer expenditures on gasoline. These standards were developed with substantial public input and rely on scientific evidence to promote advanced vehicle technologies and reduce air pollution, while saving Pennsylvanians at the pump.

“Rolling back these standards will cost consumers every time they fuel up and is another example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for its responsibility to protect the health and safety of American citizens. At a time when advanced manufacturers are expanding in Pennsylvania and developing the next generation of clean vehicle technologies, we need to encourage innovation, not turn back the clock. I strongly urge the EPA to prioritize public health over special interests and abandon this reckless plan to roll back fuel savings standards.”

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