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Michigan environmental group calls on Congress to protect clean car standards

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Michigan representatives in the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce met Tuesday to discuss the future of clean car standards.


Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Debbie Dingell and Rep. Tim Walberg are members of the committee.




Callie Rouse with Environment Michigan says her group is calling on Congress to protect the standards, which regulate auto emissions.


“There’s the economic aspect of it, we get more fuel efficient cars, we are saving money at the gas pump, so it's awesome for us because we get to drive longer amounts of time, without having to fill up all the time, it also has a great health benefit,” said Callie Rouse, Campaign Organizer of the group.


Rouse said in a poll conducted by Environment Michigan, 73% of residents favor the clean car standards.


“Tailpipe gas emissions can impact our public health by increasing asthma rates, and make it difficult for people with other respiratory problems to live a normal daily life when we’re exposing ourselves to toxic fumes,” said Rouse.