Environmental Defense Applauds Cleaner Vehicle Tax Credit

On April 24th, Environmental Defense praised the introduction of the bipartisan

Cleaner Efficient Automobiles Resulting From Advanced Car Technologies

(CLEAR) Act. The bill, which has the support of both industry and

environmental organizations, would provide a tax credit to consumers who

purchase environmentally friendlier vehicles. The bill’s sponsors include

senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), James Jeffords (R-VT), John Kerry (D-MA),

John Rockefeller (D-WV), John Ensign (R-NV) Joe Lieberman (D-CT),

Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Michael Crapo (R-ID).

“The CLEAR Act is a win for the environment, consumers and business,” said

Environmental Defense attorney Kevin Mills. “The CLEAR Act will reward

consumers for purchasing a range of advanced vehicles with increased fuel

economy, and will encourage the industry to provide cleaner vehicle

technology for the mass market.”

“Most important, the CLEAR Act provides the biggest tax credit for vehicles

with the highest fuel economy, so it rewards consumers for buying vehicles

that reduce pollution and fuel-use most,” said Mills. “The CLEAR Act also

rewards technologies, such as hybrid cars, that are already on the road, so the

bill can make an immediate impact, both on consumers’ wallets and on the


“The CLEAR Act is a forward-thinking bill that will save consumers money,

spur cleaner car technologies, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and help reduce

our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Mills. “The CLEAR Act is one piece of

a comprehensive strategy to get cleaner vehicles on the road.”

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