Democrats calling for feds to match 2035 new ICE ban planned for California
Secretary Buttigieg says he’s not aware of administration plans to do so
The new US Transportation Secretary isn’t aware of any plans by the administration to put an end to gas-powered vehicles he said. Pete Buttigieg was asked the question by a lawmaker in a US House hearing, referring to the state of California’s plan to do so by 2035.
Buttigieg said that he had “not heard of anything to that effect at the national or federal level,” Reuters reports. The secretary did note that automakers, including General Motors, had indicated they were setting their own goals to sunset the internal combustion engine, saying that “I’ve not heard of that in a mandatory context but that certainly seems to be where the U.S. auto industry is headed.”
The effort to put an end date on the sale of gas-powered vehicles is gaining popularity with federal lawmakers. A group of more than 70 House Democrats lead by Representative Doris Matsui are said to be pushing President Biden to set tougher emissions rules to help ensure that 60 percent of new vehicles are ZEV by 2030, with others urging Biden to set an end date for fossil fuel burning vehicles entirely.
Reuters said that California’s two senators had also called on Biden to set a sunset for gas-powered vehicles. Last September, California Governor Gavin Newsom wrote an executive order directing the state to require that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emissions by 2035 noting that transportation accounts for more than half of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.