HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senate passage today of
Senate Bill 1025 (SB 1025), a bill that blocks implementation of
Pennsylvania's Clean Vehicles Program, threatens to drive Pennsylvania
backwards and to keep America addicted to oil.
The Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program would require auto manufacturers
to sell here in 2008 the cleanest, most fuel-efficient cars that meet the
California tailpipe standards. The program is essential for many counties in
western, central and southeastern Pennsylvania to comply with federal law that
protects human health from the impacts of air pollution, like smog.
By failing to cut pollution from cars as much as possible, SB 1025 would
make mandatory more pollution reductions from factories and stationary
sources. "SB 1025 threatens jobs, human health, and can only please those who
have kept our nation addicted to oil," said John Hanger, PennFuture's
President and CEO.
"The Senate has put at risk a program that will bring the cleanest cars to
Pennsylvania in 2008, with the added benefit of substantially better gas
mileage. Even worse, the Senate has voted against the health of over one
million Pennsylvanians who suffer from chronic breathing problems and are
plagued by our unhealthy air," continued Hanger.
SB 1025 now heads to the House where another bill that would kill the
Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program has stalled. "PennFuture and citizens
across the Commonwealth call on the House to kill SB 1025, a true lemon of a
bill," concluded Hanger.
In the House substantial opposition to bills killing the Clean Vehicles
Program has emerged both in the Democratic and Republican caucuses. Governor
Rendell and his Administration have also worked tirelessly to defeat
legislative attempts to stop the Clean Vehicles Program. More and more people
across Pennsylvania are now following this debate and watching the votes of
their state senators and state representatives.
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization that
advances policies to protect and improve the state's environment and economy.
PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and
in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing legislative
action on a state and federal level, public education and assisting citizens
in public advocacy. PennFuture's offices are located in Harrisburg,
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.