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Welch Statement on Trump Administration Reversal of Fuel Efficiency Standards for Cars and Trucks

August 2, 2018
Press Release

Burlington, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s proposal to gut longstanding federal policy that reduces vehicle emissions harmful to the environment and block Vermont and other states from imposing emission standards stricter than the federal government:

“Today, President Trump threw into reverse decades of fuel efficiency progress.  This decision earns him the dubious distinction of being the most anti-environment president in modern times,” said Welch. “It’s the icing on the cake of his pro-industry, anti-science agenda and defies common sense.  Consumers are demanding greater fuel efficiency in vehicles.  I hope the nation’s automakers ignore the president and continue to increase the efficiency of new vehicles. Doing so will be good for business and good for public health and the environment.  All of us who care about combatting climate change must speak out against this dangerous and destructive proposal.  I will do all I can in Congress to block it.”

Rep. Welch, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is an original cosponsor of legislation to block the Trump administration from rolling back or weakening greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.