House Republicans look to curb EPA emissions cuts
White House responded with veto threat
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on legislation yesterday to put a stop to more strict vehicle emissions rules that would boost the share of new EVs for sale to 67 percent by 2032.
“While EVs may play a large role in the future of the auto industry, Washington should not discount other technologies like hydrogen, hybrids, and the internal combustion engine,” said legislation sponsor U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. (via Automotive News).
The vote on the legislation was 221 to 197, which included five Democrats voting along with 216 Republicans.
Proposed EPA regulations for 2027-2032 would cut vehicle emissions by 56 percent versus the existing 2026 requirements. The agency projected that the move could cut more than 9 billion tons of CO2 emissions, and could save vehicle buyers billions of dollars in lower fuel bills.
AN reports that a group representing automakers called the EPA proposal “neither reasonable nor achievable” and that Toyota called the requirements “extreme and outside historical norms.”
Democrat representative Frank Pallone said that Republicans were trying to “legislate away years of innovation in cleaner transportation to put polluters over people,” according to the report.