- A Proposed Environmental Protection Agency Rule May Ban Most Gasoline Cars
- More than 130 Republicans signed a letter to Biden demanding that the rule not be adopted
- GOP members called the rule a ‘de facto mandate for electric vehicles’ in their letter.
Republicans are outraged that the Biden administration is poised to ban most gasoline-powered cars in less than a decade under proposed tailpipe emissions regulations.
A bicameral group of more than 130 Republican lawmakers – and one Democrat – sent a letter to President Biden and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, demanding that the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations not be adopted.
The group maintains that the proposal would require Americans to switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to EVs or EVs by 2032.
The proposed rule “would require 67% of new light-duty vehicles and 46% of mid-size vehicles to be electric by 2032,” which the group of Republican lawmakers called a “de facto mandate on electric vehicles.”
“The reality is that most Americans still prefer internal combustion engine vehicles, and the EPA’s proposed rule unnecessarily restricts consumer choices and forces Americans to purchase expensive electric vehicles at a time when the less they can afford it,” the Republicans wrote in the letter shared with DailyMail. com.
Notably, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has long been an advocate for American energy, also signed the letter.
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Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, led the letter to President Joe Biden
The effort was led by Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.
Biden would rather force Americans “to buy electric vehicles to advance his Green New Deal agenda than allow people to choose the best car or truck for their families, businesses and farms at an affordable price,” Feenstra said in a statement shared with DailyMail . com.
“I encourage President Biden to rescind this proposed rule immediately and work with Republicans to reduce costs for our families, farmers and small businesses,” he continued.
Crapo also denounced how the rule would force Americans to buy expensive green vehicles.
“The consequences of the rules and regulations driven by the Biden Administration’s radical green agenda dramatically reduce consumer choice and the affordability of vehicles available to Americans,” he said in a statement.
“Americans deserve access to affordable, reliable vehicles powered by American-made energy products, not those primarily supplied by China.”
The motor vehicle industry has recently reviewed its electric vehicle strategies as consumer demand has been low and departments are expensive to maintain, the lawmakers write.
They also say that electric vehicles are known for being unreliable in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, and how reports of Americans stranded due to defective vehicles have become widespread.
“These past few weeks, in which electric vehicles have left people stranded, have underscored why an EV-only approach is wrong,” the lawmakers wrote.