Mark Leads Effort to Condemn Trump Administration’s Rollback of Fuel Economy Standards

August 6, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

Dear Contra Costa County Residents:

This past week, we have been hard at work in California. The Trump Administration announced it will seek to rollback current fuel economy and emissions standards and nullify California's wavier. In response, I led a coalition of 60 Democratic Members in filing a resolution to oppose this move. Below is a snapshot of our effort to fight the Administration, a preview of our upcoming town halls, and a recap of our immigration town hall.


MARK LEADS EFFORT TO CONDEM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ROLLBACK OF FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS

Current federal fuel efficiency standards established by the Obama Administration brought federal standards on par with those set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), thereby creating the current One National Program. The CARB standards have since been adopted by 12 other states, accounting for 35 percent of the U.S. auto market, and are on track to reduce America's oil dependence by more than 2 million barrels a day and effectively eliminate the impact of 59 million vehicles from the road by 2030. Yet, Trump wants to revoke these standards.

MARK'S STATEMENT:

"Simply put, this is an attack on clean air and public health. And as other countries keep their focus on increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, we run the risk of losing out on this progress and innovation. By rolling back current fuel economy standards, the Trump Administration will cost the United States $450 billion by 2050 and increase health risks associated with air pollution. Our resolution puts the Administration on alert that this move will be met with strong and coordinated opposition across the country."

Senator Kamala Harris introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate and our effort is supported by numerous environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Sierra Club.

Mark served on CARB for 10 years, was Chair of transportation committees in the California State Assembly and Senate, and is currently a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

MARK IN THE NEWS: Discusses Rollback with FOX2


TOWN HALLS DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST

Over the weekend, Mark held his first in a series of issue specific town halls. In the next week, he will host two more special topic town halls on the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor and Securing our Elections. We hope you will join us.

Future of Work, Wages, and Labor Town Hall
Friday, August 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
UA Local 342 Union Hall
935 Detroit Avenue
Concord, CA 94518
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
RSVP Here: https://bit.ly/1TBndUa

Securing Our Elections Town Hall
Monday, August 13th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Shadelands Art Center
Auditorium
111 Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
RSVP Here: https://bit.ly/1TBndUa

RECAP: SPECIAL TOPIC TOWN HALL ON IMMIGRATION

America is strongest when we embrace our history as a nation of immigrants and celebrate our differences. Thank you to all who attended our town hall in Concord for a conversation on our immigration system and ways we can reform it. A special thanks to the local organizations that joined us to offer resources and answer questions.

If you were unable to attend our immigration town hall, you can still take part in the conversation by watching the livestream here.

MARK IN THE NEWS: Spoke with KPIX5 about how hundreds of families are still separated by the Trump Adminstration's zero tolerance policy. 

TOWN HALL HIGHLIGHTS:

Stay tuned for more updates on August district work period!