Obama Clean Cars Letter

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SANITATION & SOLID WASTE –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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CONTRACTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HOUSING & BUILDINGS PUBLIC HOUSING SMALL BUSINESS

LETITIA JAMES
COUNCIL MEMBER, 35TH DISTRICT

February 7, 2012 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Attn Docket ID No: EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0799 Dear President Obama: Your administration has taken important steps to confront the dangers of our dependence on oil—most recently, proposing new global warming pollution and vehicle efficiency standards that would ensure new cars and light trucks meet the equivalent of the 54.5-mpg fleetwide standard by 2025. I am writing to applaud you for developing these standards, and on behalf of my constituents urge you to maximize the consumer and environmental benefits of these standards by keeping the standards as strong as possible through the rulemaking process. The projected annual benefits of such standards are enormous. By 2030 the standards would: • • • Save Americans $45 billion at the gas pump Cut annual oil use by an amount equivalent to our imports from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 2010 Reduce annual global warming pollution by the amount equivalent to shutting down 70 coal-fired power plants for one year

These standards will determine the efficiency of cars and trucks our children will drive decades from now. I applaud you for seizing this historic opportunity to do more than any previous administration to break America's addiction to oil, keep billions of dollars in our economy and reduce the threat of climate change. I urge you to ensure that the standards your administration develops for 2017-2025 vehicles are as strong as possible, in order to maximize their benefits for our economy, our environment and our national security.

Sincerely,

Letitia James Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste New York City Council
LJ/AWD

CC— Administrator Lisa P. Jackson (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

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