Chair Castor Applauds President Biden’s Zero-Emissions Vehicles Target and Fuel Efficiency Standards
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, Chair Kathy Castor of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released the following statement as President Biden announced new fuel efficiency standards and a target to make half of all new vehicles sold zero-emissions vehicles by 2030:
“Investing in clean cars and trucks is a win-win for America. Today’s announcement will support good-paying union jobs, save consumers money, and help solve the climate crisis,” said Chair Castor. “President Biden’s new target makes progress on our Climate Crisis Action Plan's goal of decarbonizing the transportation sector and is a vital step towards ensuring the zero-emissions vehicles of the future are built right here in America. With historic investments in American manufacturing and a nationwide network of charging stations through the American Jobs Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the United States can be the world leader in electric vehicles. I look forward to working with President Biden, auto companies, and union workers to achieve these milestones and deliver additional action that meets the scale of the climate crisis.”
- In June of 2020, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Democrats released the majority staff report Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. This report provides a roadmap for Congress—a Climate Crisis Action Plan—to build a prosperous, clean energy economy that values workers, advances environmental justice, and is prepared to meet the challenges of the climate crisis.
- The Climate Crisis Action Plan includes a multi-pronged, tailored approach to the transportation sector to drive down emissions and increase the sector’s resilience in the face of worsening climate impacts.
- House Democrats have already passed more than 250 of the recommendations in the Climate Crisis Action Plan, and have successfully worked to turn over 100 of them into law.