Jonna Hamilton

Senior manager of govt. affairs

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Jonna Hamilton is the Senior Manager of Government Affairs in the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In that role, she leads interactions with Congress, executive branch agencies, and the White House on topics pertaining to fuel efficient cars, electric vehicles, and fuels policy. See Jonna's full bio.

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Congress Investigates Rollback of the Clean Car Standards – an Epic Oversight Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce committee held its first oversight hearing on the soon-to-be-rolled-back fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards on Thursday, June 20. The hearing highlighted how the rollback will be bad for consumers, the environment, health, and energy security. But the night before the hearing, Committee leaders called attention to the real beneficiaries of the rollback and officially launched an investigation into Big Oil’s covert campaign supporting the rollback, which was originally exposed in a blockbuster New York Times report late last year. The committee demanded answers on the coordination between the administration and  Marathon Petroleum, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Legislative Exchange Council, Energy4US and Americans for Prosperity. Those answers are due on July 3 – we will see if these entities comply with the Committee’s request. Read more >

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Will Congress Extend the EV Tax Credit? A New Bipartisan Bill Gives me Hope

Electric vehicles (EVs) are our best choice for significantly reducing emissions from cars and light trucks.  Here at UCS, we spend a lot of time thinking about EVs, how they work, what they do for the environment, how to get more consumers to think about buying one, how to make sure the benefits of electrification are widespread and equitable, and how to best incentivize these vehicles for consumers.

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Zombie Truck Theater: A House Science Committee Hearing

The issue of glider trucks, new truck bodies with old polluting engines, has come up in Congress yet again.  This time, it moves over to the House Science Committee, a place where Chairman Lamar Smith tends to hang science (and sometimes scientists) out to dry.

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A Rare Victory: EPA Reverses Course and Closes Zombie Truck Loophole (For Now)

This is a huge win for people who breathe air, particularly if they do so near trucking corridors. But we’re not out of the woods yet. Read more >

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Industry Representatives and Administrator Pruitt looking quite pleased at the press conference where they rolled out their rollback of the fuel efficiency standards. Left to right - Peter Welch, NADA, Administrator Pruitt, Mitch Bainwal, Alliance, John Bozzella, Global. Screenshot from C-SPAN

5 Things the EPA Gets Wrong as it Re-Evaluates the Fuel Efficiency Standards (and One Thing it Ignores)

On Monday April 2nd, the EPA released a “redetermination” of the incredibly popular and successful car and light truck global warming emissions standards – spoiler alert – EPA said that the standards are not appropriate and need to be weakened. The redetermination is full of questionable assumptions and strange conclusions. We picked five falsehoods that are core to their reasoning and explain why they’re wrong. Read more >

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