People want the freedom of vehicle choice.
At a time when new cars are stupidly expensive, the EPA has proposed new emissions standards it admits are designed to push consumers in electric vehicles which are presently even more expensive. This push is ostensibly to save the planet, but not everyone is happy with the government mandating what kind of motor their future car can use. That’s why U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (R) has recently introduced the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act.
If passed into law in its present form, the CARS Act would bar the EPA from mandating automakers use a specific technology like battery-electric powertrains to comply with the Clean Air Act. It would also stop the strategy of limiting the number of new cars with the same goal in mind. Obviously, this is infuriating those who would stand to gain financially from the heavy-handed government regulations.
Opposition of the EPA’s proposed rules has been growing and it’s about time. There are many legitimate reasons to oppose the action, including the desire to not live with a government which will constantly squeeze consumers into buying only what it deems morally acceptable. Of course, the electrification push has been positioned as necessary to cut down on pollution, all while ignoring the glaring fact that the process of mining, refining, and manufacturing associated with EVs is far from clean or green.
“The Biden administration cannot continue to create regulations that limit consumer choice, hamper mobility, make vehicles more expensive for families, and cede America’s auto leadership and jobs to China,” Walberg said in a statement to The Detroit News. “This legislation would put a stop to this executive overreach, allowing consumers to have the freedom to decide what car works best for them and their families and preventing auto manufacturers from being forced to meet unrealistic mandates driven by the President’s Green New Deal agenda.”
As we’ve covered before, the EPA’s proposed rule would constitute the single largest reduction in light duty vehicle emissions ever at 56% from the 2027 to 2032 model years. The EPA has fully admitted the goal is to force the auto industry to sell over 66% electric cars by 2032.
While some have whined that a member of Congress would dare to reign in EPA regulatory behavior, that’s literally how the checks and balances work in the federal government. Quite frankly, members of Congress from both parties have lazily refused to engage in rigorous oversight of executive branch regulatory agencies, instead opting to write vague laws the EPA and others can then interpret however they please.
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