Tri-Caucus Members Oppose Weaker Clean Car Standards, Warn of Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, economically disadvantaged and minority populations share a disproportionate burden of air pollution exposure and risk, and experience higher residential exposure to traffic and traffic-related air pollution than non-minorities and persons of higher socioeconomic status. That’s why more than 50 Tri-Caucus members (Black, Hispanic, and Asian American lawmakers) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in opposition to Donald Trump’s recently announced plan to weaken federal clean car standards. Led by Tri-Caucus members Donald McEachin (D-VA), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA), the letter expresses how specific pollutants are associated with car and truck emissions. They also addressed the lasting impacts from tailpipe pollution, such as asthma, premature deaths, low birth weight, impaired fetal brain development, and more. “Clean car standards benefit all Americans, especially low-income communities and communities of color. Protecting our children from dangerous air pollution and the pervasive impacts of climate change is a moral imperative,” the letter reads. “As such, we strongly urge you to keep our nation’s current clean car standards in place and work to ensure that America’s auto industry has the regulatory certainty it needs to thrive through the 2020s and beyond.” More here.