Pa. officials slam Trump for rolling back auto pollution standards

Mayor Kenney characterizes the plan as "Make America smoggy again."

Steve Tawa
August 07, 2018 - 12:59 pm
PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Trump administration wants to weaken one of former President Obama's signature policies to combat global warming. Now local officials are jumping on a bandwagon to criticize the plan to roll back a 2012 rule that required automakers to nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles by 2025.

"Make America smoggy again," Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Kenney says it's "unfortunate the federal government is making another harmful policy decision" that in his words, "defies science." 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is joining 18 other state attorneys general to legally challenge the sweeping plan to scrap higher standards.

"The Trump administration's intention to roll back clean air standards is another disastrous move that not only hurts our efforts at fighting climate change, but it will cost car owners to spend more at the gas pump," Shapiro said. "The average family saves $5,700 over the life of their vehicles, as a result of higher fuel standards in these vehicles."

PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur says "undoing the existing measures that protect the most vulnerable to the effects of air pollution is unacceptable."

"If anything, we need stronger protections from air pollution, not to weaken our existing protections," Masur said.

Advocates say the standards are currently the most far-reaching and successful policies for addressing the pollution that causes global warming.

Congressman Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, says it's "a question of doing no more harm."

"It's clear to me that this is going in the wrong direction, but in 92 days we'll have an opportunity to begin to make a change," Evans said, referring to the midterm elections in November.

Kenney also noted the mid-term elections.

"Everyone has to come out and vote in November to take back the House, to reverse these harmful policies, and to impeach this idiot," Kenney said.