Biden and Harris Unveil Aggressive Auto Emissions Proposals to Push Electric Vehicles

Democrat President Joe Biden is attempting to transform the American auto industry and is proposing aggressive new rules to move the nation into elective vehicles (EVs).

The proposal marks the harshest emissions restrictions on the auto industry in U.S. history.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed two sets of new rules limiting emissions for all vehicles, from passenger cars to tractor-trailers.

The most aggressive of several options the EPA will consider could lead to 67 percent of all new passenger car and light-duty truck sales being electric by 2032.

“By proposing the most ambitious pollution standards ever for cars and trucks, we are delivering on the Biden-Harris Administration’s promise to protect people and the planet, securing critical reductions in dangerous air and climate pollution and ensuring significant economic benefits like lower fuel and maintenance costs for families,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

“These ambitious standards are readily achievable thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which is already driving historic progress to build more American-made electric cars and secure America’s global competitiveness.”

The EPA issued a statement that said:

“Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new proposed federal vehicle emissions standards that will accelerate the ongoing transition to a clean vehicles future and tackle the climate crisis.

“The proposed standards would improve air quality for communities across the nation, especially communities that have borne the burden of polluted air.

“Together, these proposals would avoid nearly 10 billion tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to more than twice the total U.S. CO2 emissions in 2022, while saving thousands of dollars over the lives of the vehicles meeting these new standards and reduce America’s reliance on approximately 20 billion barrels of oil imports.

“Since President Biden took office, the number of EV sales has tripled while the number of available models has doubled.

“There are over 130,000 public chargers across the country – a 40% increase over 2020.

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“The private sector has also committed more than $120 billion in domestic EV and battery investments since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law.

“The new standards proposed today reflect the advancements and investments in clean vehicle manufacturing, which have been accelerated by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and complement the ongoing transition in the market towards cleaner vehicles.

“The new proposed emissions standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles for model year (MY) 2027 and beyond would significantly reduce climate and other harmful air pollution, unlocking significant benefits for public health, especially in communities that have borne the greatest burden of poor air quality.

“At the same time, the proposed standards would lower maintenance costs and deliver significant fuel savings for drivers and truck operators.

“Through 2055, EPA projects that the proposed standards would avoid nearly 10 billion tons of CO2 emissions (equivalent to more than twice the total U.S. CO2 emissions in 2022).

“The proposed standards would reduce other harmful air pollution and lead to fewer premature deaths and serious health effects such as hospital admissions due to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses.

“By accelerating adoption of technologies that reduce fuel and maintenance costs alongside pollution, the proposed standards would save the average consumer $12,000 over the lifetime of a light-duty vehicle, as compared to a vehicle that was not subject to the new standards.

“Together, the proposals would reduce oil imports by approximately 20 billion barrels.

“Overall, EPA estimates that the benefits of the proposed standards would exceed costs by at least $1 trillion.”

Read the full EPA statement here.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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