Senate Committee rightly rejects attacks on Virginia’s Clean Cars Standard

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
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RICHMOND – Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources voted 8-7 to reject multiple legislative attacks on our state’s Clean Cars Standard. Lawmakers passed and signed into law the original measure in 2021 as a way to address our state’s largest source of carbon pollution – the gas and diesel-fired light-duty cars, trucks and SUVs that Virginians drive every day.

In response to today’s vote, Michael Town, executive director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“Today, lawmakers rightly rejected attacks on our state’s climate progress by defeating multiple Governor Youngkin-led efforts to repeal Virginia’s Clean Cars Standard, which over time will lead to cleaner air and improved health outcomes for all Virginians while bringing in-demand clean electric vehicles and investment to our state. Virginians shouldn’t have to choose between breathing clean air and getting from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B’ – Virginia’s Clean Cars Standard ensures that they don’t have to and reflects exactly where the automotive industry is already headed. We urge our champions in the Senate to continue rejecting Governor Youngkin’s regressive attacks on climate progress and doing the right thing for clean air and a sustainable future.”

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