President Obama follows Pennsylvania’s lead

Letter from David Masur, PennEnvironment Director

Four years ago, PennEnvironment activists helped convince state officials to set tougher emissions standards for cars and trucks in Pennsylvania, securing a historic victory for Pennsylvania’s environment and public health.

Last week, the White House followed our lead. On April 1, the Obama administration announced landmark auto emission standards based on the state-level standards in Pennsylvania and 13 other states.

PennEnvironment applauded these standards, as did the New York Times. [1] The new standards will save Pennsylvania roughly 400 million gallons of gasoline by 2016 as compared to previous federal regulations, while cutting global warming pollution and providing a net economic savings to consumers.

But last week’s federal victory for clean cars couldn’t have happened without the leadership of states like Pennsylvania — a point our energy and clean air advocate, Nathan Willcox, made in an opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. And the Pennsylvania victory would not have been possible without the support of activists like you. Now we all get to reap the rewards: less pollution, decreased dependence on oil, and savings at the pump!

So pat yourself on the back and join me in savoring this victory. And as always, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

David Masur
PennEnvironment Director
http://www.pennenvironment.org

P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends. You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennEnvironment, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennEnvironment.

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