Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a statement on the Trump administration’s proposal to weaken national fuel economy standards and challenge California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate tailpipe emissions.
Senator Feinstein was the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act passed in 2007. After joining with Senator Slade Gorton (R-Wash.) to fund a 2001 study that called for increasing fuel economy standards by more than 10 mpg, and partnering with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to try to close the SUV loophole in 2003 and 2005, Senator Feinstein worked with Senators Snowe, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and others to introduce the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act.
Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), chair and ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee at the time, included the bill as part of a broader energy bill that was signed into law by President Bush in 2007. The bill requires the administration to set the maximum feasible fuel economy standards, which are currently scheduled to increase to more than 50 mpg by 2025.
“Californians have a right to breathe clean air, and we’re not giving that up to President Trump without a fight.
“The auto industry and consumers don’t want the years of uncertainty and litigation President Trump is inviting with this proposed rule. The law requires fuel economy standards to be as strong as technically feasible. I should know, I wrote it.
“A 1,200-page technical analysis found exactly that. Auto manufacturers were not only meeting the new standards, they were doing so at lower costs than expected. There is no need to change them now.
“The fuel economy standards are reducing harmful emissions, saving families billions at the pump and driving technological innovations that are keeping the U.S. auto industry competitive. President Trump wants to roll back that progress. We’re not going to let him.”