Padilla Applauds Biden for Ending Attack on California’s Vehicle Emission Standards, Urges Federal Action On Nationwide Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s decision to undo a Trump-era rule aimed at preventing California from setting its own auto emissions standards. Last month, Senator Padilla wrote to President Biden urging the Biden administration to restore California’s legal authority to set greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle standards.

“I applaud President Biden for ending the Trump administration’s frivolous attempts to revoke California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards. California is a national leader in the fight against climate change and eliminating toxic pollution from our transportation sector because we have seen how polluted air endangers our communities. Transportation is responsible for half of our state’s air pollution, and many suffer as a result. Children are more likely to develop respiratory illnesses and struggle in school when they breathe smoggy air. 

“But state borders cannot stop air pollution. I continue to urge President Biden to take national action on clean car standards. California has provided a model for the country, working with auto manufacturers to make ambitious targets possible. By 2035, every new car or passenger truck sold in the state will be zero-emission. California’s leadership will protect public health, save consumers money, and fight the climate crisis head on. I urge President Biden to follow California’s lead and safeguard the right to clean air and a healthy environment for all Americans.”


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