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Colorado Clean Car Advocates Respond to Trump's Auto Efficiency Standards Rollback

[DENVER, CO] -- The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today finalized the rule to rewrite the federal clean car standards. The clean car standards were first established in 2010 and are projected to double fuel economy and to cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards could result in more than 1.5 billion additional metric tons of global warming pollution in our atmosphere by 2040, contributing to Colorado’s existing problems with dirty air.  This is the second phase of the Trump administration’s clean cars rollback. The rollbacks began when the Trump administration attacked the authority under the Clean Air Act of states, including Colorado to adopt stronger tailpipe pollution limits than those set by the federal government—a move that would take away states’ rights to protect their own residents from harmful pollution.

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