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Tonko, Schakowsky to EPA: Keep Strong Gas Mileage Standards

U.S. Representatives highlight benefits to U.S. consumers, public health, environment & economy in letter

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Albany, NY, October 6, 2017 | comments
“Working to raise gas mileage standards is important for America’s consumers, public health and energy security. Maintaining these reasonable standards makes our economy more competitive, efficient and sustainable. These measures also support our public health and environmental safety by keeping countless tons of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants out of our air.” - Rep. Paul Tonko
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ALBANY, NYRepresentatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) sent a joint letter last night to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt calling on his agency to maintain gas mileage standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-duty Vehicles. Under Pruitt, the EPA announced that it is reconsidering the latest standards, originally developed in 2012 with extensive industry and public feedback to create more fuel efficient vehicles and generate significant savings for millions of U.S. consumers.

Rep. Paul Tonko: “Working to raise gas mileage standards is important for America’s consumers, public health and energy security. Maintaining these reasonable standards makes our economy more competitive, efficient and sustainable. These measures also support our public health and environmental safety by keeping countless tons of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants out of our air.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: “The vehicle emissions standards that Ranking Member Tonko and I defend in this letter are a win-win-win. They reduce pollution, make our auto industry more competitive worldwide, and save consumers money at the pump. The EPA followed a thorough, open process to develop these standards. Reconsidering the final determination would be a step backward for consumers, for public health, and for our environment, and it would create needless uncertainty for the auto industry. I urge Administrator Pruitt to let January’s determination stand.”

The standards being reconsidered were determined to be achievable in January 2017. If existing standards are maintained, they would be expected to:

-          Save consumers an estimated $92 billion in fuel costs and reduce oil consumption by 50 billion gallons over the lifetime of the vehicles.

-          Result in a net savings of $1,650 per consumer accounting for all costs and benefits associated with the raised standards.

-          Reduce emissions by more than 230 million metric tons by 2050 and more than 540 million over the lifetime of the vehicles.

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