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08/02/2018

Gov. Malloy, AG Jepsen, Commissioner Klee Blast Trump Administration Proposal to Roll Back Vehicle Fuel Standards

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee today blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back federal greenhouse gas emissions standards for new light duty cars and trucks vehicles.

“Climate change is real and it is here,” Governor Malloy said. “Rather than acknowledging the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, President Trump’s administration continues to ignore their warnings and recommendations. This president seems intent on leaving an environmental legacy that is aimed at doing irreparable harm our planet, rather than protecting it. We will do everything in our power to defend Connecticut’s right to set appropriate vehicle emissions standards and to protect the air our residents breathe.”

“The Trump administration is determined to roll back protections, like these auto emissions standards, that are critical to the health, safety and well-being of Connecticut residents,” Attorney General Jepsen said. “As a downwind state, Connecticut struggles to maintain our air quality, and lessening standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks nationwide will only exacerbate the problem. My office will continue to work with our partners in other states to aggressively fight this administration's assault on clean air.”

“Today, the Trump administration proposed to bring environmental protection, this time in the form of air pollution standards from cars and light trucks, to a literal standstill,” Commissioner Klee said. “Freezing today’s air pollution standards in place until 2026 will not only cost American families at the gas pump, we’ll also pay for this recklessness as climate forcing pollution, which based on earlier EPA studies could be reduced cost effectively, is dumped into our air while simultaneously American-made technology, which could create jobs and reduce this pollution, sits by idly as the world moves past us yet again. This action makes no sense on any level and Connecticut DEEP will continue to take appropriate action with our partners to protect the air we breathe.”

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