Biden Launches Crackdown on Diesel Trucks to ‘Fight Climate Change’

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has just launched a new crackdown on diesel-power trucks in a claimed effort to “fight climate change” and “reduce emissions.”

The Biden admin finalized long-awaited regulations targeting emissions generated from heavy-duty vehicles.

The regulations specifically target trucks and buses.

The move is the latest salvo in President Biden’s sweeping “climate” agenda.

Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the new regulations Friday morning.

Officials said they represent the strongest-ever greenhouse gas emissions standards of their kind.

The rules will kick in beginning in 2026 for model year 2027 vehicles.

They will progressively become more stringent through model year 2032, forcing trucks and buses to be “zero-emissions” in that time frame.

In a Friday morning statement, Biden’s White House “Climate Advisor” Ali Zaidi said:

“EPA’s standards complement President Biden’s unprecedented investment in our workers and communities to reduce harmful emissions while strengthening our manufacturing capacity for the transportation technologies of the future.

“By tackling pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, we can unlock extraordinary public health, climate, and economic gains.”

EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated:

“In finalizing these emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses, EPA is significantly cutting pollution from the hardest working vehicles on the road.

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“Building on our recently finalized rule for light- and medium-duty vehicles, EPA’s strong and durable vehicle standards respond to the urgency of the climate crisis by making deep cuts in emissions from the transportation sector.”

Overall, the EPA said the aggressive standards will allegedly avoid a billion tons of “greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Biden admin claims the move will provide $13 billion in annualized net societal benefits related to public health, the climate, and business savings.

The EPA claims the regulations will set the heavy-duty vehicle industry on a “trajectory for sustained growth.”

No evidence was provided to support these claims of “growth” and “savings,” however.

The new regulations apply to short-haul and long-haul tractor-trailer trucks.

In addition, they target vocational trucks like delivery vehicles, garbage trucks, school and public transit buses, concrete trucks, and fire trucks.

The EPA previously projected the standards could lead to 50% of vocational trucks, 35% of short-haul tractor-trailers, and 25% of long-haul tractor-trailers produced in 2032 being electric.

According to the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (TEMA), less than 1% of new truck sales in the U.S. are “zero-emissions.”

The TEMA represents the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty vehicles.

In a statement, Katherine Garcia, director of the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign, said:

“With the climate crisis underway and many of our communities facing unprecedented fires, droughts, and floods, it’s crucial that truck manufacturers get into the fast lane with zero-emission trucks to deliver the climate, health, and economic benefits we deserve.”

Garcia and other environmental activists who lauded the regulations have for years called on the federal government to crack down on the trucking industry, pointing to its “heavy carbon footprint.”

The Biden admin claims that data suggests that the transportation sector accounts for 29% of the nation’s total “greenhouse gas emissions.”

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks account for 23% of those emissions, according to the same data.

However, the announcement immediately received pushback from the trucking industry and energy producers.

Critics argue the move would lead to higher costs for trucking companies.

Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, an organization that represents more than 150,000 members across all 50 states and Canada, shot back at the move.

In a statement, Spencer said:

“Small business truckers, who happen to care about clean air for themselves and their kids as much as anyone, make up 96% of trucking.

“Yet this administration seems dead set on regulating every local mom-and-pop business out of existence with its flurry of unworkable environmental mandates.”

In comments filed with the EPA last year, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association warned the administration had overestimated the nearer-term feasible market penetration and adoption rates of electric trucks, and the demand for those electric trucks.

And, in a joint statement, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President and CEO Chet Thompson and American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Mike Sommers called on Congress to immediately overturn the regulations.

They also said they were prepared to take the administration to court over the rule.

“This is yet another example of the Biden administration’s whole-of-government effort to eliminate choices for American consumers, businesses, and industries,” Thompson and Sommers said.

“There is significant uncertainty regarding the technological and infrastructure capability to comply with this rule, which may threaten the speed and cost of goods moving throughout the country.”

The regulations are also sure to attract considerable criticism from GOP lawmakers.

Republicans have for months warned the Biden admin against targeting the heavy-duty vehicle industry.

Last week, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said he would soon introduce a resolution to rescind the standards once they are finalized.

“In the midst of sustained, crippling inflation, President Biden is choosing to add more regulatory dead weight onto our economy and our critical supply chains,” Sullivan said.

“Hard-working families across the country will pay the price if this rule is allowed to stand.

“The cost of this rule will be felt in the rising price of gas, bread, eggs, and other life essentials.”

The final standards are somewhat less stringent than the first proposed standards in April 2023.

They come one week after the EPA finalized its multi-pollutant emission standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles, the strongest of their kind to date.

READ MORE – Trump Vows to Overturn Biden’s ‘Extreme Electric Vehicle Mandate on Day One’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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