Republicans slam Biden’s car rule, predict higher costs

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Republicans in Congress oppose President Biden’s plan announced yesterday to increase sales of electric vehicles and cut emissions from cars, saying it will dramatically increase costs.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, criticized Biden’s proposal from the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying the plan puts the “radical left” before the Americans. who work hard.

“These onerous and inaccessible restrictions will force people to pay more for a car than they can barely afford or to keep their old cars on the road. It will make our roads less safe because people will not be able to get the enhanced safety features available in newer cars, ”she said in a statement.

McMorris Rodgers did not identify any specific action she would take to fight the proposal, but urged Democrats to support the GOP’s plans to cut emissions.

“To secure a cleaner American energy future, Democrats would be wise to work with Republicans to unleash innovation for cleaner emission vehicles, such as [autonomous vehicles], to keep our roads safe and our vehicles affordable, ”she said.

West Virginia Representative David McKinley, the top Republican on the Energy and Trade Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, tweeted that the proposed rules “will increase the prices of cars and trucks while making us more dependent on China for the production of parts and batteries for electric vehicles,” while Representative Ron Estes (R-Kan.), labeled the “Green New Deal Policies” rules and said that Biden “limits choices and increases the price of vehicles for American families.”

The Biden administration said when rolling out the proposals it would save up to $ 250 billion in fuel costs by 2050, while compliance would only cost about $ 1,000 per vehicle for the model year 2026.

Democrats seek to ‘do more’ in reconciliation

Democrats, on the other hand, have widely praised Biden and praised his actions on vehicle emissions.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) told E&E News the proposal is a “big improvement,” but Democrats need to give electric vehicles a bigger boost in their budget reconciliation plan (Daily E&E, July 30).

“Hopefully we can do more, especially on the electric vehicle side, in reconciliation,” he said. “There are a lot of ways to spend money on electric vehicle charging, and I think everyone’s expectation. “

Environment and Public Works Senate Speaker Tom Carper (D-Del.), Who attended Biden’s event at the White House to roll out the proposals, praised the president, saying his proposal met scientific needs while putting the United States on a strong competitive path.

“Today’s announcement from the Biden administration is good for our planet, good for our health and good for auto workers in our country,” he said in a statement. “EPA and [the Department of Transportation’s] proposals of course correct for the terrible error of the previous administration. But the president went further in charting the way towards a zero-emissions future. “

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), One of Congress’ main allies in the auto industry, also praised Biden. “I’ve always said Michigan workers are the best in the world. And now is their time,” she said. “These new standards will reduce carbon pollution while creating new jobs. This announcement, coupled with congressional work under the ‘Build Back Better’ program, will put people to work in well-paying jobs, reduce costs. for families and tackle the climate crisis. ”

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (DN.J.) compared the rules to former President Trump’s policies, saying Biden’s proposals “are a welcome reminder of what it looks like to be. to be guided again by common sense and science “.

“If we are to protect the communities we represent from air pollution and climate change, we must face this moment with ambition and perseverance,” he said.

Nick Sobczyk contributed to this report.

This story also appears in Climate wire.

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