VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A group of Hampton Roads officials came together in Virginia Beach Tuesday to oppose the Trump Administration’s rollback of former President Obama’s clean car standards.
The group included city council members from Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
Norfolk Councilwoman Andia McClellan said she wants to see better carbon emission standards for cars, to help fight climate change.
“Norfolk in our region is second only to New Orleans in terms of flood risk and sea level rise,” McClellan said. “And Norfolk is actively addressing climate change mitigation right now with the adoption of our climate action plan.”
A family spoke at the event in the hopes of illustrating how close to home the problem of air pollution is.
“Air pollution took everything from us,” said Bekura Shabazz. “Having to see my son go down in the hospital, not knowing if he was going to survive an asthma attack…it was devastating.”
McClellan said Virginian households will save an average of $2,900 per year because of the fuel efficiency standards — and it would create nearly 14,000 jobs in Virginia by 2030.
Seventeen states filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s plan.
President Donald Trump promised to rollback the emissions rules as part of a bigger effort to jump-start the nation’s car industry.