Washington, DC – Today, on the 51st Earth Day, Congressman Salud Carbajal issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s announcement that the Department of Transportation will withdraw a Trump-era rule which blocked California from setting our own fuel emissions standards.
“California’s clean car standards paved the way for other states to take steps that improve air quality and fight climate change. The Trump administration’s decision to revoke California’s waiver was an attack on our state’s environmental leadership and completely ignored the realities of the climate crisis,” said Rep. Carbajal. “I applaud President Biden for moving to restore California’s authority to set our own standards. There is no better way to celebrate Earth Day than by taking action to curb air pollution and protect our planet.”
“The transportation sector is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases in our economy – which means it can and must be a big part of the climate solution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a release issued by the Department of Transportation. "This proposed rule would be an important step towards protecting public health and combating climate change."
In 2018, after the Trump administration first announced they would nullify California’s waiver and rollback fuel economy and emissions standards, Rep. Carbajal cosponsored a resolution opposing the move.
Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.