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Faith Leaders Support EPA’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Standards as a Step Towards a Zero Emissions Future

Apr 1, 2024 | Press Releases |

Faith Leaders Support EPA’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Standards as a Step Towards a Zero Emissions Future

For Immediate Release: March 29th, 2024

Contact: Jessica Quinn, Communications Manager, jessica@interfaithpowerandlight.org or (603)731-7088

Washington, DC – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its newest set of heavy-duty vehicle standards for model years 2027 through 2032. Heavy-duty vehicles make up just four percent of the vehicles now on the road, but these vehicles, which are the backbone of our economy, generate more than 25 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is already contributing the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

We applaud the consistent efforts of the Administration to move us toward a better climate future. At the same time, we are concerned about the stringency of the final rules and believe that we can, and should, go further in our commitments to protect all people and our Sacred Earth. As people of faith and conscience, we know that strong clean truck standards are central to reducing emissions, mitigating the impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable neighbors, and fulfilling our moral obligation to leave a habitable world for current and future generations. These standards are critical for protecting the health and safety of all Americans, especially BIPOC communities and low-income communities, as 45% of residents in counties with high truck traffic are people of color, compared to 38.4% of the total US population.

Interfaith Power & Light celebrates this final heavy-duty vehicle rule as a critical step forward while acknowledging the need to continue working to eliminate unnecessary loopholes that unfairly benefit the oil & gas industry and truck manufacturers at the expense of our communities and Sacred Earth. 

Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light

“People of faith and conscience have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Administration’s heavy-duty vehicle standards. We have a moral responsibility as a nation and a sacred task as people of faith to care for our climate, advance environmental justice, and leave a safe and thriving world for current and future generations. While these standards are a step in the right direction, they do not move us quickly enough toward a zero-emission heavy-duty future, which is required for environmental justice and equity. Robust truck standards are a critical climate solution, and we acknowledge the ongoing work ahead of us that will put us on a quicker path to heavy-duty electrification.”

Terri Eikel, Executive Director of Connecticut Interfaith Power & Light

“While these standards are a step in the right direction, we acknowledge the continuing work we need to do across the country to ensure equitable access to clean transportation. Connecticuters across the state are suffering from inequitable truck pollution that damages public health and our communities, and air quality continues to be unhealthy in many metropolitan areas. The strength of state-based truck standards is now even more critical to protecting our communities and Sacred Earth.”

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Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) is a national organization that inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. IPL works in all 50 states and U.S. territories with a broad national network of state- and regional-level affiliates. For more information please visit www.interfaithpowerandlight.org. 

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