Read: Politicians’ joint statement in response to EPA’s emission, fuel economy standards

The following is a statement e-mailed to KOBI-TV NBC5 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s office in response to the “EPA’s reconsideration of federal vehicle fuel-economy and emissions standards.”

By the Governors of Oregon and Washington, and the Mayors of Oakland, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released the statement below with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray regarding the EPA’s changes to federal vehicle fuel-economy and emissions standards:

“As the governors of Washington and Oregon, the mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Oakland, and representing a West Coast region of over 50 million people with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion, we speak today in unified opposition to the federal withdrawal from the vehicle fuel efficiency standards that have worked for years to lower consumers’ fuel costs while making our air healthier to breathe. Our job as governors and mayors is to boost our region’s economic opportunities and to make our cities and states cleaner and healthier for our citizens. This decision does the exact opposite, making America more dependent on oil while putting more lives at risk from pollution and shortchanging consumers at the pump.

“The U.S. is a technology superpower. Our strong vehicle fuel economy standards are a reflection of that and position the U.S. to remain competitive in the global push toward clean cars. Let’s not cede our leadership.”

Jointly signed by:
Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

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