Climate change advocates demand Trump administration lay out clean air standards

Justin Udo
September 11, 2018 - 6:46 pm
Colin Pepper with Defend Our Future advocates for clean car standards.

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The non-partisan climate advocacy group Defend Our Future rallied on Temple University's campus Tuesday to speak out about clean air standards that they say are an immediate threat to public health.

"We're here today because the Trump administration is rolling back what was the Obama administration's most important achievement on climate change, and that was the fuel efficiency standards for vehicles," said Temple law professor Amy Sinden.

Part of those Obama-era gas standards say cars must get 54.5 mpg by the end of 2025.

Their message is clear, she said: A rollback in regulations will increase air pollution, and that means more cases of airborne-related diseases.

"Climate crisis is the biggest crisis to ever face the human species," she said. "We're literally looking at possibly the end of human civilization as we know it."

Sinden joined Colin Pepper with Defend Our Future.

"We put this event together to oppose President Trump's rollback of the clean car standard because it poses an acute and immediate threat to public health to the factors that cause climate change," Pepper said.

Local doctors and politicians also came to the rally to voice their disapproval to the rollback of the standards.