Sign letter the below to urge Ford Motor Company to stop efforts to weaken our environmental protections


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Petition Text:

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman
Jim Hackett, CEO
Ford Motor Company,

Dear Mr. Ford, and Mr. Hackett,

In 2011, Ford Motor Company was part of a historic breakthrough in cooperation on climate solutions when the company supported the Clean Car Standards, which would raise fuel efficiency standards to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. As people of faith who care for Earth and all of its inhabitants, we cheered this progress.

Then, under the current Administration, Ford began lobbying for a review of the standards, asking for “additional flexibility” in meeting them. Despite the debt Ford owes to the American taxpayers for billions of dollars to invest in advanced vehicle manufacturing, you now seem ready to go back on your commitment to cleaner cars for American drivers.

This is unconscionable. We call on you to stand by the Clean Car Standards.

The Ford name carries a legacy of innovative technological advancements for the good of society. The Clean Car Standards gave Ford an opportunity to continue this legacy of innovation and bolster its stated commitment to sustainability. We hoped that Ford would look to the future and compete with China and Europe on the clean cars of tomorrow, while cleaning up our air at home and saving families money at the pump.

Today, the transportation sector is the single largest and fastest growing source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Cars and pickup trucks account for 47 percent of oil used in the United States and nearly one third of our greenhouse gas emissions. This trend makes the Clean Car Standards we adopted seven years ago even more prescient and important. The standards are also a step towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, which you have stated as a priority for Ford.

The Clean Car Standards are set to nearly double vehicle efficiency by 2025, save 6 billion metric tons of dangerous climate pollution, keep 12 billion barrels of oil in the ground, and save drivers $34 billion at the pump.

The additional “flexibility” you request means weakened standards that increase air pollution, worsening symptoms for the 24 million Americans — including 6.3 million children — who suffer from asthma. Weaker standards will contribute to the rising global average temperature, which is directly tied to droughts, wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, and other forms of extreme weather.

In 2017, Mr. Ford said, “We know climate change is real and a critical threat, and we will continue to work with leaders around the world in support of ambitious global greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

As people of faith we carry a legacy that spans generations. We have a moral obligation to care for God’s Creation and concern ourselves with the world our children inherit. We are called to love our neighbors and the most vulnerable among us, and that means not polluting the air they breathe or making their homes uninhabitable.

We are deeply disappointed by Ford Motor Company’s efforts to weaken our country’s environmental protections. We call on you to end Ford’s lobbying to undermine our Clean Car Standards and instead to work to engineer and build the clean, efficient cars we need. Your legacy, and our future, depends on it.

Faithfully,

 
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Context

In 2011, Ford Motor Company was part of a historic breakthrough in cooperation on climate solutions when the company supported the Clean Car Standards, which would raise fuel efficiency standards to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. This represents a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to reductions in air pollution. With 24 million Americans—including more than six million children—suffering from asthma, these standards safeguard the health of vulnerable communities.

Under the current Administration, Ford began lobbying for a review of the standards, asking for “additional flexibility” in meeting the standards. It is unconscionable for the company to renege on their commitment to cleaner cars now, after the American taxpayers loaned Ford billions of dollars to invest in advanced vehicle manufacturing in 2009.

As people of faith, committed to environmental and climate justice, we call on Ford Motor Company to stand by the Clean Car Standards. Please add your voice by clicking on one of the links below.

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