A consortium of 21 state attorney generals have written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it to enact stricter emissions laws.
Back in August, the EPA released its new proposed fuel economy/emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks, which would raise the required fleetwide fuel mileage to an average of 52 mpg by 2026 – up from the current target of 40 mpg. The standards would also require annual 10 percent increases in fleetwide fuel economy by 2023 and five percent increases each year after through to 2026. The new proposed fuel economy/emissions standards undid a Trump-era rewrite that would have required a fleetwide average fuel economy standard of 43.3 mpg by 2026.
The attorney generals’ letter says these new proposed changes are not adequate and demands the EPA enact stricter emissions laws in order to combat the effects of climate change.
“There is no need to wait to require further deployment of these technologies or to delay the massive economic and public health benefits of reducing these emissions,” the letter said, as quoted by Reuters. “EPA must begin now to address the devastating risks of climate change and the on-going harms facing communities.”
The letter also criticized the lack of EV mandates in the new proposal, saying the emissions reductions outlined would result in a U.S. EV market share of around eight percent by 2030. President Biden said previously that he was targeting EV market share of around 50 percent by 2030.
The letter effort was led by California, with other participating states including New York and Colorado. Several major U.S. cities also signed the letter, including San Francisco, NYC and Denver, among others.
In a statement sent to Reuters, General Motors said it backed the “emission reduction goals” in the 2026 EPA proposal, calling the new rules “historically stringent.”