FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2018
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on Proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule
Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the proposed Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule. The rule proposes to freeze fuel economy standards for model years 2021-2026 and to revoke California’s waiver that allows the state to set more stringent standards.
In response, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President, Lisa Jacobson, issued the following statement:
“The need to address emissions from the transportation sector is real and growing. In 2017, the transportation sector passed the electricity sector as the number one emitter of greenhouse gasses.
"Clean energy businesses are already investing in low carbon transportation and related technologies and infrastructure based on the current regulatory scheme. To change the fully negotiated standards would mean regulatory uncertainty that would harm American business and devalue their investments.
“Further, California’s waiver that allows the state to set more stringent standards is critical to their ability to maintain clean air goals and protect their citizens’ health. California and other states that have elected to follow suit should be allowed to continue to set standards that are more stringent than the national baseline.
“The Council encourages EPA to consider maintaining the current model year 2021-2026 standards that have supported critical innovation in the transportation sector.”
BCSE’s full comments are available here.