Sierra Club Statement on EPA Aircraft Emissions Ruling


Larisa Manescu,

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, a federal appeals court upheld the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for aircraft, a do-nothing rule that fails to curb greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. Aviation is among the fastest growing sources of climate pollution.

A 2015 study showed that existing and cost-effective technologies could reduce emissions by approximately 25 percent by 2024 and 40 percent by 2034.

In response, Joanne Spalding, the Sierra Club’s Legal Director, released the following statement:  

“With wildfire-driven pollution worsening air quality once again, many of our communities are suffering the direct impacts of the climate crisis right now. The EPA should not be allowed to avoid taking meaningful steps to tackle the climate crisis and reduce pollution from aircraft, a growing source of climate-disrupting emissions.” 

About the Sierra Club

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