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Statement from Carol M. Browner on EPA Restoring State Clean Cars Authority

Mar 9, 2022

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to The Biden-Harris EPA’s decision to reverse part of Trump’s anti-environmental cars policy and restore states’ authority to adopt stronger than federal clean vehicle standards, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Former EPA Administrator and League of Conservation Voters Board Chair Carol M. Browner: 

“The Biden-Harris EPA’s decision to restore states’ ability to strengthen clean car standards is especially welcome news as international conflict drives up the price of oil and gasoline. We’re thrilled that Administrator Regan and the Biden-Harris EPA listened to the public and will restore the ability of states to set stronger emissions standards than the federal ones. Comprehensive clean car standards make it possible for states — and in turn, the whole country — to drive down vehicle pollution which unfairly burdens vulnerable communities in high traffic congestion areas, end U.S. reliance on dangerous, dirty and unreliable fossil fuels, and build a more just and equitable clean energy future. 

“This rule, along with the finalized cleaner cars rule for model years 2023 to 2026, will help to advance the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles across the country and bring more good-paying jobs to U.S. workers. Continued rulemaking in the transportation sector is essential to meeting the climate test and cutting climate pollution in half by 2030.”

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LCV released a progress report of President Biden and Vice President Harris’ first year in office on January 19 that details the steps taken and additional progress still outstanding for clean cars.