SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – President Donald Trump is proposing to roll back the Clean Car Standards that were signed into law by former President Barack Obama.
City and state leaders say this is a bad move for the environment.
State Representative Mike Finn, Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman, and community leaders all spoke out against President Trump’s plan to roll back Clean Car Standards at Springfield City Hall Tuesday.
The Springfield City Council and Finn say vehicle pollution and the economy will worsen without Obama’s Clean Car Standards.
The Clean Car Standards were signed into federal law in 2012 to increase fuel efficiency and reduce transportation pollution. The Trump Administration argues that stricter clean vehicle standards will increase car prices.
Finn said the state is still hoping to get 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025 but that won’t happen if the administration weakens the Clean car standards.
Lederman said in the news conference, the current proposal to roll back the clean car standards is “a step in the wrong direction. “Continuing to advance vehicle efficiency is a key piece of addressing pollution and climate change even at the local level.”
“We’re having a hard time getting even close to that so if you roll back the standards take away the incentives if we don’t do all that we can do to drive people towards that we are really hurting our ability to impact global warming here in the Commonwealth,” Rep. Mike Finn, chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change said.
Finn told 22News they are also asking Congressman Richard Neal to support the “driving America forward” legislation that would help strengthen the nations’ Electric vehicle tax credit and create more high paying manufacturing jobs in the electric vehicle industry.
Finn said switching to an electric vehicle on the road will save drivers $700 in gasoline costs each year.