Nat Keohane on the reinstatement of California’s Clean Air Act waiver

Statement of Nathaniel Keohane

President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

March 9, 2022

On the reinstatement of California’s Clean Air Act waiver:

“The Biden administration’s decision to reinstate California’s Clean Air Act waiver, enabling stricter emissions standards for vehicles, is a welcome and necessary push for cutting climate pollution from the highest-emitting U.S. sector and accelerating the net-zero transition. The California waiver has been a valuable and proven tool to spark adoption of cleaner technologies in cars and trucks over the past 50 years. California and the 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, that follow its standards make up 40 percent of U.S. light duty sales. Affirming their ability to establish strong standards will create a powerful market driver for electric and zero-emission vehicles, enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic auto industry and moving us one step closer to our climate goals, while improving air quality and public health in communities across the United States.”

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