Support Automaker Opposition to Trump’s Weakening of Pollution Rules

Last week the world’s largest automakers told President Trump they didn’t want his new weakened pollution standards. They told him that the new rules threatened to cut into already-shrinking profits and to destabilize their entire manufacturing sector.

Ford. General Motors. Toyota. Volvo. Seventeen auto manufacturing companies signed a letter asking Trump NOT to implement Trump’s new rules to roll back Obama-era climate-change-fighting policies. Trump’s new policies would likely cause California and thirteen other states to sue the administration, and at the same time keep local state-level stricter emission standards in place, damaging automakers’ economic outlook and miring them in pollution-standard legal battles for years to come.

It is true that carmakers wanted a reduction in pollution standards. But Trump’s new rules greatly expanded the reduction of emissions standards, forcing harmful business consequences. In the letter sent to Trump last week, carmakers want him to go back to the negotiating table to find an intermediate solution.

Climate change is being exacerbated by consumption of fossil fuels. Finally, there are indications that automakers are paying attention to manufacturing electric vehicles to replace gasoline engines. General Motors announced this week it is moving forward with an all-electric pickup truck. Ford has announced plans to do the same for its F-150 pickup, the most popular vehicle in the U.S.

Let’s take advantage of carmakers’ resistance to Trump’s pollution-enhancing plans. Let’s tell our MOCs we support automakers nixing Trump’s weakened standards for tailpipe emissions.

ACTION: Tell lawmakers we oppose Trump’s lowered emission standards for automakers.

It’s the weekend, so please email, or call and leave voicemail, for lawmakers.

SCRIPT/SUGGESTED THOUGHTS:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. We need to eliminate fossil fuel consumption to address climate change. I read that automakers are opposed to Trump’s proposed changes to weaken tailpipe emission standards. Automakers are starting to pursue serious efforts to develop electrical vehicles. Let’s get behind them and nix President Trump’s proposed new rules for automaker emission standards.”

Background:

Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/06/climate/trump-auto-emissions-rollback-letter.html

“GM president reconfirm electric pickup truck plans” - https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/general-motors-electric-pickup-truck/

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