Climate Justice

Tell Ford to Respect Clean Car Standards

Tell Ford to Respect Clean Car Standards

“We understand climate justice not simply as an environmental or economic concern but rather as a deep ethical and spiritual concern that the Church must address so that abundant life is ensured for our children and future generations.”

The Book of Resolutionsof the United Methodist Church 2016, #1035 “Climate Change and the Church's Response”

Click Here.Sign United Methodist Women, Interfaith Power and Light and the United Church of Christ’s petition to Ford today: unitedmethodistwomen.org/ford

Today, the transportation sector is the single largest and fastest growing source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Cars and pickup trucks account for 47 percent of oil used in the United States and nearly one third of our greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, Ford Motor Company was part of a historic breakthrough in cooperation on climate solutions when the company supported the Clean Car Standards, which would raise fuel efficiency standards to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. This represents a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to reductions in air pollution.

However, under the current Administration, Ford began lobbying for a review of the standards, asking for “additional flexibility” in meeting the standards. The Clean Car Standards would reduce air pollution and protect against the rising global temperature. The “flexibility” requested would weaken standards and contribute to climate change.  

  • Pollution and Health-Impact: The Clean Car Standards would save 6 billion metric tons of dangerous climate pollution. Weakened standards that increase air pollution would worsen symptoms for the 24 million Americans — including 6.3 million children — who suffer from asthma. The increase in air pollution also disproportionately affects communities situated near freeways and high traffic areas, often low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters: Weaker standards will contribute to the rising global average temperature, which is directly tied to natural disasters such as droughts, wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes and other forms of extreme weather. Vulnerable communities face an extra burden in instances of natural disasters and disaster response. For example, devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy caused food prices to rise and water shortages which disproportionately impacted communities of color. 
  • No Technical Barriers to Building Cleaner Cars: Ford’s reversal is not based on any real technical or financial challenge in building the cleaner cars they promised. Ford has received billions in loans from U.S. taxpayers to engineer the advanced fuel vehicles of tomorrow. And recent government and industry reviews have shown that automakers can comply with the standards. 

* Join Us: Tell Ford Motor Company to stop efforts to weaken our environmental protections

Posted or updated: 8/31/2018 12:00:00 AM
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Join Us: Tell Ford Motor Company to stop efforts to weaken our environmental protections:
Click Here.unitedmethodistwomen.org/ford


Resources:

*Federal Clean Car Standards

*Just Energy Policies and Practices

*"Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real"

*Clean Vehicles and Oil


Suggested Pages:

*Climate Justice


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