In 2012, the Ford Motor Company was part of a landmark agreement with the EPA, the state of California, and other major automakers to significantly improve fuel efficiency standards and build cleaner cars. Ford’s CEO even stood on stage with President Obama when he announced the new Clean Car Standards.
These standards – nearly doubling average fuel economy of vehicles, with a goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025 – are the most significant policy the U.S. has to cut carbon pollution.
But now, Ford has changed their tune and claims they need greater “flexibility” in meeting the standards. And the EPA has followed suit with a proposal to weaken the standards. Ford’s reversal is clearly not based on any real technical or financial challenge in building the cleaner cars they promised. Ford has received billions in loans from U.S. taxpayers to engineer the advanced vehicles of tomorrow. And recent government and industry reviews have shown that automakers can comply with the standards.
This Sign-On letter is being circulated by Interfaith Power & Light, a group that mobilizes the religious community to respond to climate change, and the Climate Witness Project is asking YOU to sign on!