Bennet Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Weaken Fuel Economy Standards

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement rolling back national fuel economy standards.

“Yet again, the Trump administration has chosen to isolate the United States while other countries race ahead to meet the growing demand for cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Bennet said. “Instead of helping Americans struggling with high fuel costs, this rule will increase the costs families face and create unnecessary challenges for companies working to develop clean technologies. Thankfully, states like Colorado will continue to lead by adopting tougher emissions standards. I urge the administration to rethink this decision and do what is best for the American people.”

In June, Bennet applauded Colorado’s decision to adopt low emission vehicle standards. In April, Bennet introduced legislation to block the Trump administration from rolling back the historic 54.5 fuel economy emission standards. In remarks at a press conference and in a letter to state governors, Bennet expressed support for states that have adopted strong fuel economy standards and pledged to oppose administration efforts to undermine those standards. Bennet also wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting explanations for revising the fuel economy emission standards.