(Greenville, SC) – On Wednesday, Greenville community leaders gathered to call on South Carolina’s U.S. senators to protect public health by defending federal clean car standards. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his agency to review these standards with the likely intention of weakening them.
In a press conference hosted by Moms Clean Air Force, the speakers, which included a high school student and local pastor, noted that rolling back these popular and effective standards would negatively impact South Carolina’s drivers, economy, and environment.
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"Cleaner, more efficient vehicles reduce air pollution, helping prevent asthma attacks in my son Jaden and the more than 6 million children nationwide with this disease, said Shakeila James, Regional Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force. “Removing America’s clean car standards could make air pollution worse. That is unacceptable to me as a mom. My son and children everywhere deserve to play outside without fear of breathing dirty air.”
America’s clean car standards, which were finalized in 2012, help ensure that cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs are more fuel-efficient, saving drivers money every trip to the gas station. Cleaner, more efficient vehicles also reduce air pollution and combat climate change – helping to prevent harmful health impacts like asthma attacks triggered by dirty air.
“I suffered with asthma as a child. I had to learn to make adjustments which affected my quality of life,” said Sophie Finnell, a senior at Greenville Technical Charter High School. “I do not want to face the devastating long-term consequences that air pollution will have on my generation and all generations to come. These standards are practical, non-partisan and protect our public health, which should be a priority to this administration.”
Speakers concluded by calling on the South Carolina U.S. senators to protect the standards, which could also create 11,500 jobs in the state.