STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on EPA decision to roll back fuel economy standards

"In a city where the car is king, nobody knows better than Angelenos the importance of more efficient vehicles to keep our air clean. Thanks to the federal auto standards established by President Obama, we have seen tremendous progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles. Today’s decision by the Trump administration takes our city and country backward in the movement away from fossil fuels. Angelenos understand the urgency of climate change, and I am committed to working closely with partners across America and around the world to make our progress permanent.”  — Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Today, Mayor Garcetti also led a coalition of mayors across the United States in denouncing the U.S. EPA’s plan to roll back automobile fuel standards that harmonized California’s landmark vehicle tailpipe rules with federal fuel economy standards. As co-founder of Climate Mayors — an alliance of 402 U.S. mayors working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking — the Mayor is a recognized leader in promoting zero emissions transportation:

  • Requiring that all new vehicle procurement be at least 50 percent battery electric, L.A. has one of the most aggressive EV procurement policies in the country
  • At 475 vehicles, L.A. has one of the nation’s largest municipal electric vehicle fleet and requires that at least half of all new vehicle procurements annually be electric
  • At 1,500, Los Angeles has the most publicly available electric vehicle charging stations of any U.S. city, with a plan for another 10,000 in the next five years
  • LA is a founding signatory to the C40 Clean Bus Declaration and Fossil Fuel Free Street Declaration, committing to procuring only zero emission buses by 2025, with a one hundred percent zero emissions bus fleet by 2030
  • Mayor Garcetti led the release of an EV RFI with 30 Climate Mayors’ cities to demonstrate potential demand for over 114,000 electric vehicles of all types, representing $10 billion in investment.

For more information on Mayor Garcetti’s leadership on sustainability, click here.