9 States to Ban Sale of Gas-Powered Vehicles to Help Biden Tackle ‘Climate Crisis’

Nine states across the country have agreed to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles in order to help Democrat President Joe Biden supposedly “fight the climate crisis.”

The states have all committed to plans to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles within the next decade.

The plans to phase out the vehicles and switch to electric and hybrid vehicles come as the Biden administration continues to pursue its lofty climate goals in a struggling economy.

The move seeks to comply with the targets of the unelected World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Net Zero” agenda.

The Biden admin, for example, wants half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 to be “zero-emission,” despite sputtering EV sales.

All nine of the states, and Washington D.C., have adopted the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

The rule means an outright ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles will be enforced after 2035.

California was the first to adopt the rule, aiming to have 35% of new vehicle sales emit zero emissions by 2026, and boosting that goal to 68% by 2030.

The Advanced Clean Cars II rules originated in California with the state Air Resources Board.

Since the rules were first adopted in California in 2022, eight other states have followed suit, with several others considering the plan.

So far, the other states that have implemented the plan to hit the goal of selling zero new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 include Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Maryland.

The rules do not stop residents in these states from owning or using gas-powered cars, nor do they force consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

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Dealerships can still sell used cars powered by gas, and consumers in these states can purchase gas-powered vehicles in other states – as long as they meet certain emissions standards.

Not everyone, however, supports this effort.

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) led a campaign last year to try and stop New Jersey’s adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

Ray Cantor, the chief deputy government affairs officer at the NJBIA, said in a statement that the plan ignores the cost to consumers and the lack of current infrastructure.

“The ban on new gas-powered cars in such an expedited time does not take costs or feasibility into account,” Cantor said.

“It does not take the lack of local and highway infrastructure into account.

“It does not take grid capacity into account.

“It ignores consumer choice,” Cantor noted.

“It doesn’t take New Jersey residents into account, especially low- and moderate-income families.

“And it doesn’t take the lack of actual environmental benefit into account.”

Cantor urged New Jersey to “apply the brakes” to what he called an obvious “bureaucratic overreach” before the mandate starts to affect consumers.

“There’s nothing wrong with working to reduce carbon emissions,” Cantor said.

“And the marketplace would have likely seen a natural increase of EV users with an organic time frame to build appropriate capacities.

“But the near-term, targeted mandates will increase the prices of both new and used gas-powered cars.”

In support of the action, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Terry Gray has called the rules a “major step” in the fight against climate change in the transportation sector.

“In terms of economic impact, states joining together to send a clear signal to the market will result in greater economies of scale, driving down the prices of ZEVs (zero-emission vehicles), and ensuring that Rhode Island dealers and customers have full access to electric vehicles,” Gray said.

The rules come as the Biden administration has sought to push the transportation sector from gas-powered vehicles to EVs as part of its climate agenda.

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its own plan to increase vehicle pollution standards that will impact car model years 2027 through 2032.

If the EPA’s regulations are finalized, a staggering 67% of new sedan, crossover, SUV, and light truck purchases could be electric by 2032, the White House projected.

In addition, up to 50% of bus and garbage trucks, 35% of short-haul freight tractors, and 25% of long-haul freight tractor purchases could be electric by then.

However, the push toward EVs has faced multiple setbacks in the industry.

Earlier this month, Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr resigned after the car rental company’s big bet on EVs went bust due to its struggles to keep up with the higher repair cost and lower demand for EV rentals.

Ford’s EV division, Ford Model e, posted a net loss of $4.7 billion last year — with $1.6 billion of that in the last quarter — and Ford’s chief financial officer John Lawler explained during the company’s earnings call last month that both “the quarter and year were impacted by challenging market dynamics and investments in next-generation vehicles.”

President Biden, however, is not slowing down when it comes to targeting the gas-powered vehicle industry.

Earlier this month, Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set new eye-popping regulations in an effort to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road.

The new EPA rules set emission standards for vehicles made between 2027 and 2032 and would eliminate more than 7 billion tons of “greenhouse gas emissions,” setting off concerns across the nation.

For example, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) railed against the EPA’s move, calling it both “reckless” and “ill-informed.”

“The federal government has no authority and no right to mandate what type of car or truck Americans can purchase for their everyday lives,” the senator said.

“This reckless and ill-informed rule will impose what is effectively an EV mandate without ensuring the security of our supply chains from nations like China and without a realistic transition plan that addresses our domestic infrastructure needs.”

READ MORE – Federal Court Revokes Biden’s ‘Climate’ Targets for Transportation

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