Linda Sánchez Condemns Trump Administration Attack on California’s Tough Clean Air Rules

August 2, 2018
Press Release

Norwalk, CA - House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (CA-38) today issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would attempt to block states like California from adopting stricter vehicle fuel-efficiency standards:

“The Trump administration’s weakening of fuel economy standards is yet another example of Republican efforts to undermine the fight against climate change. As someone who remembers LA’s smog alerts, I don’t think anyone wants to return to those days when the air was so thick and dirty you could touch it.

“This should not be a partisan issue. We all have an interest in protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we live on.

“Raising fuel economy standards was a major effort to combat climate change and air pollution by curbing vehicle emissions. The current rules represent one of the single largest efforts ever undertaken by any nation to reduce these harmful emissions.

“Automobiles are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. I am proud that California has been a leader in the fight to protect our environment and will continue to lead where the federal government shirks its responsibility.”