The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to limit the ability of Americans to buy gas-powered cars. That is, the cars that people actually want and rely upon.
In May, the EPA published its proposed vehicle tailpipe rule which according to the agency, could mean as much as 67 percent of all new cars sold in the United States will be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2032.
The rule ignores consumer choice and tries to impose requirements that are in effect de facto EV mandates, forcing manufacturers to phase out gas-powered vehicles.
Congress needs to stop this unauthorized rule by the EPA.
Fortunately, Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) have introduced legislation that is expected to be considered on the House floor this week, the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act (H.R. 4468), which would prohibit the EPA from finalizing the rule.
In addition, the legislation would put a stop to the EPA’s absurd notion that regulating cars can include restricting their availability and using technological requirements to achieve that end.
Specifically, the legislation would amend the Clean Air Act so that the EPA couldn’t promulgate vehicle emission regulations that would “mandate the use of any specific technology” or “result in limited availability of new motor vehicles based on the type of new motor vehicle engine in such new motor vehicles.”
The EPA trying to restrict freedom and consumer choice in this manner should be chilling for all Americans.
And consumers don’t want EVs. Auto dealers have been making this clear to the Biden administration, explaining that EVs are languishing on lots. Given all of the problems with EVs from high costs to their limited range, this is perfectly understandable.
By supporting the CARS Act, House members would be defending freedom and making it clear that the government shouldn’t tell Americans what kind of cars they should buy.
Let’s hope they do the right thing.