Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a statement in opposition to the Trump administration’s directive to renegotiate national vehicle pollution standards.
Senator Feinstein was the lead sponsor of the “Ten-in-Ten” fuel-economy law passed in 2007 that requires the administration to set the maximum feasible standards, which are currently set to rise to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.
“Stronger vehicle pollution standards have been a tremendous success and there’s absolutely no justification for weakening them. The current standards—required by law to be as strong as possible—will help reduce pollution and lower fuel costs for consumers.
“The standards, which were put in place when taxpayers saved the auto companies in 2009, should be left in place. The industry ought to repay the American public by defending the fuel-economy standards they originally embraced.
“Now is not the time to move backward. We have the right to breathe clean air, and our children have the right to inherit a stable climate. I will fight any attempt to weaken the standards. I’m profoundly disappointed and opposed to this unnecessary directive.”