Yesterday, the President announced that he is reopening the review of EPA’s Clean Car Standards—the first step toward weakening these vital standards.
And Trump’s budget proposal, released today, calls for a devastating 31% cut to EPA’s budget. More than 3,000 staff would be laid off and nearly 50 programs—including all funding for the historic Clean Power Plan—would be eliminated if the budget were to pass.
Since 2009, automakers have created 700,000 new good jobs in the automotive industry, all while our nation has been implementing Clean Car standards that will make our air cleaner, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and ultimately save Americans nearly $35 billion at the pump.
And the Clean Power Plan promises not only to slash America’s climate pollution, but to prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths every year, create more than 250,000 new clean energy jobs, and reduce your monthly electric bill by an average of $8 per household. In less than 24 hours, 43,235 EDF activists and counting have already sent messages to Scott Pruitt to tell him that we will not stand quietly by while they attack common-sense, life-saving environmental regulations.
We’re just getting started. We will fight to oppose any attempt at rolling back our hard-fought climate victories. And we will be calling on you at every step of the way to help us with your calls, letters, and donations to fund our work.