Delaware Governor John Carney joined 23 other Governors from the U.S. Climate Alliance on Tuesday to announce support for a national clean car standard known as the “Nation’s Clean Cars Promise”, which the leaders say would protect citizens from vehicle pollution and to fight climate change.
In the joint statement the Governors said: “We, the undersigned 24 governors– a bipartisan coalition representing 52 percent of the U.S. population and 57 percent of the economy – stand together in calling for one strong, national clean car standard and support preserving state authority to protect our residents from vehicle pollution. Strong vehicle standards protect our communities from unnecessary air pollution and fuel costs, and they address the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.”
The Nation’s Clean Car Promise would call for a “common-sense approach that protects the role of states at the negotiating table and establishes a strong, national standard.” The leaders say that standard would “Achieve continuous, meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants while saving consumers money” and “Preserving good jobs in the auto sector and keeps new vehicles affordable for more Americans.”
The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in June 2017 after President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, stating that “Americans taxpayers – and American workers – shouldn’t pay to clean up others countries’ pollution.” Maryland is not a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance.