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This past week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a move to significantly weaken America’s clean car standards, delivering a blow to public health and the environment.

In January 2017, the EPA concluded that federal clean car standards were working and achievable, and should not be weakened. But now, without any change in the facts, Pruitt is reversing that decision, ignoring thousands of pages of technical analysis as well as broad public support for keeping the standards in place.

No one wants more pollution and dirtier air, but that’s exactly what we’ll get if the administration succeeds in rolling back our clean car standards. It’s past time to clean up our transportation sector, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. We need to move forward to clean up our cars, not pull a U-turn on the progress we are set to achieve.

Grant Marshall

Missoula

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