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Sen. Carper slams Trump’s fuel emissions decision, calling it ‘shortsighted’

“Smart fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks are helping to drive American innovation,” Carper said in a statement.

Delaware Democratic Senator Tom Carper. (Photo from Wikicommons)

President Donald Trump is set to reverse the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency’s strong fuel emissions standards for cars and light trucks that will be made between the years 2022 and 2025, and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released a statement putting the potential choice on blast.
“Smart fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks are helping to drive American innovation,” Carper offered in a statement issued to the press. “The Trump Administration’s decision today is shortsighted and blatantly ignores how successful these standards have been.”
Carper argues that the EPA’s strong standards save consumers money, hold back climate change, reduce dependence on foreign oil and “spur job creation as automakers develop technology to power the cars of the future.”
Furthermore, Carper states that this reversal would undo “progress we have made and would create uncertainty for the auto industry and send a signal to the rest of the world that addressing potent greenhouse gas emissions is not a priority for the United States.”
When it comes to addressing “potent greenhouse gas emissions,” Delaware could do more. For starters, only one garage out of more than a dozen in downtown Wilmington offers a charging station for electric vehicles. That seems exactly like something Carper should address in his home state while calling for strong fuel standards on the national stage.
Carper closes his statement by urging “the Trump Administration to encourage all parties to work together and find consensus on final standards for model years 2022-2025, as well as the next set of standards that will keep America on the cutting edge and help us leave a better world for generations to come.”

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