WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed today to re-establish the authority California and 13 other states to set emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks sold in their states. The move comes a little over three years after the Trump administration’s EPA first announced it would weaken Obama-era car standards.

E2 was the first business organization to support California’s tailpipe emissions standards more than 20 years ago, recognizing both the environmental and economic benefits of clean vehicle standards. According to E2’s 2021 Clean Jobs America report, the U.S. clean vehicle sector employed 273,000 workers in 2020, and was the only sector to see job growth despite the pandemic-fueled economic crisis.

The following is a statement from Sandra Purohit, federal advocacy director at E2:

“We’ve watched the rest of the world speed ahead the last three years in clean vehicle technology and sales. By unleashing the authority of states like California to advance innovation, the Biden administration is opening the door for states to help regain that lost ground while bringing more good paying jobs to the US economy.”


E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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