Fortunately, when it comes to climate and energy policies, what happens in California doesn’t stay in California.
Yesterday the Obama Administration announced a second phase of national greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards—covering passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks for model years 2017-2025—that California played a key role developing. California also announced new Advanced Clean Cars package to deliver cleaner air, slash greenhouse gases, rapidly increase numbers of zero-emissions vehicles.
Yesterday’s announcements represent a key step forward in addressing our fundamental economic, energy and environmental priorities.
The federal standards are expected to result in at least $1.7 trillion in savings, reductions of an estimated 2.2 million barrels of oil a day by 2025 and 6 billion metric tons of climate pollution. California’s package—covering cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2012-2025 will likely result in having 1.4 million zero-emission vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the road in 2025 with savings of $5 billion that same year for consumers and businesses.
Consumers and businesses are rightly concerned about our dependence on imported oil and rising energy prices. Setting new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards will address those concerns by saving them money and creating a healthier environment.
The new auto standards are widely supported by a diverse coalition of automakers and the United Auto Workers, as well as businesses, consumers, veterans, health and environmental organizations. These standards will help create jobs, grow our economy, break our addiction to oil, save consumers trillions of dollars at the pump and dramatically cut climate change pollution.
This is great news for Americans in every state and further proof that California serves as the model for climate change policy.