(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Today EPA announced efforts to roll back greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for vehicles. After the announcement, Alison Prost, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Interim Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued the following statement.
"Asthma is real. Lung disease is real. Climate change is real. Sea level rise is real. Water pollution damaging the Chesapeake Bay is real. Automobile emissions contain pollution that contributes to all these problems. Reducing greenhouse gas requirements and fuel economy standards, as EPA Administrator Pruitt is proposing, will increase pollution and the damage it causes.
"The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is making remarkable progress. The water is clearer, oysters are rebounding, and the dead zone is getting smaller. Continuing that progress counts on reductions in air pollution. This decision will make saving the Bay more difficult."