August 2nd, 2018
Contact: Andrew Holland; email@example.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Security Project (ASP) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to roll back America’s clean car standards:
“The announcement by the Trump Administration of the rollback of fuel efficiency standards is detrimental to our energy security and national security. Rolling back the clean car standards undermines the largest step we’ve taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on oil. Tearing down these standards will force Americans to spend more at the pump and make us more reliant on countries like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
“The clean car standards don’t just reduce oil consumption—they’re also the best policy the U.S. has on the books to combat climate change. Just last year, the U.S. Energy Information Agency announced that transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States. The Defense Department has recognized climate change as a threat multiplier that accelerates instability across the globe while hampering our military’s readiness and ability to respond at home. We cannot afford to ignore this grave threat to our military and our nation. President Trump and his administration must change course and continue moving forward with these important and beneficial standards.”
ASP has long been a proponent of the fuel efficiency standards. In August 2017 when the review of these standards was announced, ASP highlighted the importance of CAFE standards for our energy and national security, and in September 2017, ASP’s CEO Stephen Cheney testified before the EPA reiterating the potential threats of lowering standards for the future.