Regulations being proposed by President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency are basically an attempt to slap a ban on gasoline powered vehicles, according to a lobbying organization working on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Ever since taking office in 2021, Biden has made it a top priority to try and push the American public toward electric cars and other types of vehicles and to get off gasoline and oil.
Which wouldn’t be such a bad idea if we actually had reliable sources of renewable energy, but alas, the technology is not even remotely close to allowing something like that to happen. And let’s be honest. These kind of proposals from progressive Democrats are less about saving the environment and more about wealth redistribution.
According to Jack Davis of The Western Journal, “The emissions rule the EPA seeks to implement would require automakers’ new car fleets to be 60 percent electric by 2030 and 67 percent electric by 2032, The Washington Times reported.”
“This proposal seriously misses the mark,” Mike Sommers, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, went on to say concerning the proposals.
“While not an explicit ban on internal combustion engines, this proposal is a de facto ban that will eliminate competition, distort the market and restrict consumer choice, while being potentially more costly to taxpayers,” Davis said in his report.
Alliance for Automative Innovation, a top trade group within the automobile industry, also came out against the new set of rules.
“These levels are substantially higher than what the auto industry indicated was achievable,” the group remarked in comments that were given to the EPA, going on to add that “these proposed rules effectively require an additional 10-fold sales increase in a mere eight years.”
The organization then pointed out that even if potential buyers were going nuts over electric vehicles and wanted to purchase them, things are not set in place for a massive increase in demand.
“[Customers] will consider affordability and access to home and public charging infrastructure, requiring stepped-up efforts at the state and local level when it comes to building codes, permitting and approval from public utility commissions. Recent analysis indicates all of these are in much shorter supply than needed to meet EPA’s ambitious proposal by 2032,” the organization said.
“And, despite government investments, there is no clear pathway to meet the totality of those needs in the timeframe considered in the proposed rulemaking without significant impacts to automakers, workers, consumers and ultimately the availability of vehicles that meet the needs of individuals, families and businesses across the country,” they added.
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources wasted no time getting to the root of the problem by stating that the new proposed rule is federal overreach.
“EPA’s fact sheet states the proposed standards would contribute ‘toward the goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius ….’ The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently told EPA it may not expand its federal regulatory reach beyond what Congress has given it authority to implement,” the department remarked. “The U.S. Congress has not established this 2 degrees Celsius goal under the requirements of [the] Clean Air Act, and this goal is not found in a promulgated regulation.”
“It is evident that EPA lacks clear authority from Congress to require a generation-shifting approach to reduce vehicle emissions. Therefore, DANR does not think EPA has clear authority to implement these proposed emission standards and views this effort as federal overreach,” it concluded.
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