Faith Leaders from Across the Country Call on the Biden Administration to Enact the Strongest Possible Clean Cars Standards

Aug 6, 2021 | Press Releases

AUGUST 5, 2021

Washington, DC — More than 1,500 clergy and faith leaders from across the United States are calling on President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan to support the strongest possible clean car standards.

The religious leaders stated, in part, that “the climate crisis is a challenge of racial, economic, and generational justice, and we call on the Biden administration to meet it with an eye towards the most vulnerable in our communities. Choosing to make less efficient vehicles isn’t just wasteful—it is a moral travesty. Children, our elders, low wealth and Black and Brown communities are all suffering disproportionately due to increased pollution and climate-fueled disasters.” 

The religious leaders are asking the Biden EPA to:

• Restore national standards gutted under Trump administration and revise them beyond levels set during the Obama-Biden administration;
• Establish a 2030 standard for cars and light-duty trucks that achieves fleet average greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent or more below today’s average;
• Put the nation on a trajectory to make all new cars and light-duty trucks zero-emission vehicles no later than 2035;
• Ensure all new trucks and buses are zero-emission no later than 2040.

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