Michelle Robinson

Director of Clean Vehicles

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Michelle Robinson has more than 25 years of experience in public policy and advocacy. She joined the Clean Vehicles program in 1992 and is a nationally recognized expert on state and federal transportation policy. See Michelle's full bio.

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Dear Automakers – Consumers Want Cleaner Cars this Year and Every Year!

Whether your gifts come during Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Día de Los Reyes, everyone knows it’s holiday wish-list time. The automakers know this too – you can’t turn on the tv without seeing lots of shiny new cars festooned with giant red bows. Due to the strong national fuel efficiency/emissions standards for cars and trucks we helped enact several years ago – the cars in holiday showrooms are some of the cleanest, most efficient models ever produced. The existing standards save consumers millions at the pump, cut global warming pollution by 470 million metric tons – the equivalent of shutting down 136 typical coal plants for an entire year, and would reduce oil use by over 2.4 million barrels a day by 2030.

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White House Calls For Trucks That Do More With Less Oil

I spent the morning surrounded by trucks and I wasn’t cruising down the highway. I had the honor of attending the White House announcement kicking off the next round of fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for medium and heavy duty trucks, covering vehicles from delivery trucks to school buses to long-haul big rigs.

We depend on these vehicles to take our kids to school, get the goods we order online, and collect our trash. But they also have a big impact when it comes to oil use: heavy-duty vehicles collectively make up 7 percent of traffic on American roads, but account for over 25 percent of the fuel used to travel them. Trucks may be relatively small in number, but large in impact, and there is more we can do to increase their efficiency and reduce the pollution they create. Read more >

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Dear EPA: Four Very Personal Reasons Why Clean Cars Matter

I work with very smart people, engineers and scientists who understand the emissions benefits of cutting pollution from our tailpipes and gasoline, and the technology necessary to get there. Our work helped enact the last round of standards to cut tailpipe pollution in the late ‘90s and has been influential in the development of a new round of requirements, referred to as Tier 3. These standards are set to be finalized early in 2014. Read more >

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A Solution to Cancer-Causing Air Pollution… and What You Can Do to Help

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled air pollution a human carcinogen, in the same category as tobacco and asbestos, and deemed it the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. While it wasn’t widely covered in the media, this finding — that air pollution causes cancer — is enormously relevant for the United States, particularly as the administration considers new regulations on vehicle pollution. Read more >

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Can I Interest You in a Used Car? DOE/EPA Release New Fuel Economy Tool For Used Cars

If you’ve been following auto industry news of late, you already know that new car sales in the U.S. are hitting heights they haven’t seen in years. This is certainly good news for the auto companies and auto dealers – but it’s also good news for consumers, as more efficient vehicle choices roll into showrooms thanks to the ramping up of fuel economy standards over the last several years.

New car buyers not only have more choices, but also have better information on which to base their new car purchase decisions, thanks to improved fuel economy labels developed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011. So where does that leave someone looking to purchase a used car? Out of luck, when it comes to good information on how far that vehicle can go on a gallon of gas and what that might mean in terms of global warming emissions. That is, until yesterday. Read more >

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