FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2018
Oil Change International response to Trump administration attack on auto efficiency standards
In response to the Trump administration’s released plans to roll back auto efficiency standards and attack California’s ability to implement stricter standards, David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director at Oil Change International, released the following statement:
“We stand firmly with Governor Brown, Chairwoman Nichols, and all of those resisting the Trump administration’s dangerous rollback of critical fuel economy standards that not only reduce the demand for oil but protect communities from local pollutants as well. If we want to stave off the very worst impacts of our climate crisis, we need to move as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels. That means cutting both our collective demand for oil, gas, and coal as well as reducing the supply of fossil fuels that helps to drive that demand.
“At the same time, the actions today by the Trump administration show just how critical it is for leaders like Governor Brown to act to ramp down fossil fuel production where they can. As the state deals with the ravages of intense fires supercharged by climate change, the imperative to use all the tools available to us to address the climate crisis couldn’t be more clear. Those tools must include action to ramp down fossil fuel production in a managed and just way that aligns with our climate imperatives and protects our communities.
“Governor Brown has an opportunity to show what truly transformational climate leadership looks like by not only staunchly defending California’s existing policies, but by going further and setting a global precedent by embarking California on a just and managed decline of its oil and gas production.”
- For more on what over 800 organizations are calling on Governor Brown to do with respect to oil and gas production in California, see http://brownslastchance.org
- For more on what a managed decline of oil production in California should look like, see OCI’s “The Sky’s Limit California”: http://priceofoil.org/2018/05/22/skys-limit-california-oil-production-paris-climate-goals/
Contact: David Turnbull, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org