Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Pro-Pollution Fuel Standards Rule

March 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s final rule weakening car pollution standards, which is estimated to increase carbon emissions by 2.2 billion metric tons and cost Americans a total of $300 billion:

“The Trump Administration’s anti-science decision to gut fuel standards will unleash massive amounts of pollution into the air at the worst possible time.  The American people need and expect strong action to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic, not corporate giveaways that devastate the air that we breathe. 

“This rule endangers economic security as it harms public health, stealing hundreds of billions of dollars out of the pockets of workers and families during a time of massive uncertainty and job loss.  The decision weakens America in the fight against the climate crisis, which is the existential threat of our time, imperiling public health, economic security and national security.

“This time of crisis requires smart, strong and science-based leadership, not more senseless handouts to the special interests.”