Biden Administration Seeks to Severely Limit the Types of Cars Americans Can Buy

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The Biden Administration announced it would propose a new rule aimed at restricting the amount of gas-powered cars and coercing consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs). Reports indicate the new rule will state 54 percent or more of new vehicles sold in the U.S. must be electric by 2030 and set new, stricter emissions limits.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell said:

“The Biden administration is trying to bend every federal rule they can find to force people into buying EVs. There is still a market that allows drivers to buy the vehicles of their choice, but government coercion is rapidly limiting those choices. If Biden policies are successful, we will soon have a choice between buying an EV and not being able to afford a vehicle at all.”

Deputy Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Daren Bakst said:

“Americans should take time to enjoy the cars they love, because if the Biden administration has its way, the internal combustion engine will become a thing of the past. To pursue its extreme climate agenda, the administration is trying to use the force of government to dictate what cars Americans drive. Pushing its climate policies is more important than respecting the personal freedom of Americans, and there’s a complete disregard for the harm these policies will have on the quality of life.”

Senior Fellow Ben Lieberman said:

“Electric vehicles sales are growing but they still are well short of 10 percent of the new vehicles market. The latest proposal is one more admission by the Biden administration that only government coercion can create a wholesale switch to electric.”

CEI Attorney Devin Watkins said:

These new rules demonstrate the vast economic and political significance of EPA’s actions — including a massive expansion of authority to force electrification. This forced transition of energy sources embodies the same problem that the Supreme Court invalidated in WV v. EPA. Under the major questions doctrine, such changes can only be made with express congressional authority — which is lacking here. EPA acknowledged as much when it first created averaging programs, stating: ‘Congress did not specifically contemplate an averaging program when it enacted the Clean Air Act.’ Our ongoing litigation challenges EPA’s use of averaging, trading, and banking to force vehicle electrification. The rule that was proposed today relies upon those same means to further force electrification and if our ongoing litigation is successful it will stop this EPA abuse of authority.”

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