September 18, 2019

Harris Leads Colleagues in Reintroducing Resolution to Protect Ambitious National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led a group of 33 colleagues in reintroducing a Senate resolution in response to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards designed to fight climate change and protect Americans’ access to clean air. Harris and her colleagues are reintroducing the resolution in advance of the administration’s expected move to formally revoke California’s authority to set its own automobile emission standards.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11) will introduce a companion resolution in the House of Representatives.

“It is simply wrong for this administration to deny the threat posed by the climate crisis and roll back the environmental protections that keep our air and water clean,” said Senator Harris. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues against this blatant and political attempt to target California’s ability to set its own standards and lead the fight against climate change. Our children and our grandchildren are counting on us to take action to keep our environment healthy and protect their futures.”

“Since 1970—through both Republican and Democratic Administrations—California has led the nation and the world in setting and achieving lofty goals to combat the effects of climate change and protect public health,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “The Trump Administration’s move to strip California and more than a dozen other states of their ability to decrease auto emissions is backwards and illegal. As a former member of the California Air Resources Board and a longtime advocate for addressing climate change, I will not sit back and let that Administration destroy the progress California has made on behalf of our country.”

“The clean car standards are already saving our families billions at the pump, supporting nearly 300,000 American jobs, and cleaning up dangerous tailpipe pollution,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Chief Program Officer of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Members of Congress should join with these leaders to try and stop the Trump administration from throwing this important progress into reverse.”

“As the climate crisis escalates, more states are looking to strong vehicle standards to cut emissions and save consumers millions at the pump. The law is clear—California can set emissions standards and other states can adopt those standards. We applaud Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Mark DeSaulnier for introducing this resolution that recognizes and defends state authority,” said Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

In addition to Harris, the resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Markey (D-MA), Blumenthal (D-CT), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cantwell (D-WA), Merkley (D-OR), Booker (D-NJ), Schatz (D-HI), Hassan (D-NH), Carper (D-DE), Bennet (D-CO), Van Hollen (D-MD), Coons (D-DE), Warren (D-MA), Gillibrand (D-NY), Hirono (D-HI), Baldwin (D-WI), Sanders (I-VT), Reed (D-RI), Smith (D-MN), Klobuchar (D-MN), Cardin (D-MD), Wyden (D-OR), Kaine (D-VA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Leahy (D-VT), Shaheen (D-NH), Udall (D-NM), Casey (D-PA), Menendez (D-NJ), Murray (D-WA), Duckworth (D-IL), and Durbin (D-IL). 

For the full text of the resolution, click here.