AAA wholeheartedly supports the goals of the Clean Air Act. In fact, AAA policy is very specific about the need to improve air quality. We support reasonable, fair and effective means of preserving our environment, including those designed to reduce motor vehicle-caused air pollution. We maintain that air pollution emanates from a variety of sources, such as power plants and industrial facilities, automobiles, heavy trucks and others. Further, we believe that making additional gains in improving air quality will require significant contributions from all sources that contribute to the problem.
AAA does not support lobbying for highway funds in lieu of mass transit. Our advocacy efforts are focused on supporting full funding for the maintenance and enhancement of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, including public transportation. The transit system is a great compliment to our road network and vice versa.
One reason AAA was created a century ago was to advocate for better and safer roadways, and we make no secret of our advocacy work on safety and mobility today. In fact, the majority of the work we do is based on feedback from Members.
While Members may not join AAA primarily for advocacy, they do expect the organization to protect their interests. We routinely inform our Members of our activities through Member publications and events. The media is also updated on AAA’s activities and regularly reports on our work.
The AAA federation has a single government affairs office located in Washington D.C. which represents all clubs on a national level. This office serves as the federal representative on national legislation, such as the Clean Air Act. Each individual club has representatives at the state level, covering local issues.
The California State Automobile Association, which is the second-largest AAA affiliate, covers Northern California, Nevada and Utah. We have a government affairs staff working with the legislatures in those three states.
We have steadfastly maintained that the automobile remains a source of pollution, and we agree continued work to lower emissions is needed. AAA’s “Clearing the Air” report details the unmatched progress that automobiles have made in improving our nation’s air quality. The report is based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s data. And no one, including the EPA, has questioned the caliber of research on which that report is based.
The California State Automobile Association does not have a political action committee and does not work on behalf of any political party or candidate. Nor do we make political campaign contributions.
We take our advocacy role very seriously because Members expect us to represent their interests. Because AAA is nonpartisan and represents a large motoring constituency, it is relied upon by policy makers at all levels of government as a trusted, credible and objective source of information on a wide range of safety and consumer issues.
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