Biden Doubles Down On His Clean Energy Push

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Biden administration is considering an aggressive proposal to enforce the strictest federal emissions regulations ever to make electric vehicles more popular.

According to a Bloomberg report published on Thursday (April 6), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to unveil new standards affecting cars built between 2027 and 2032 at a ceremony in Detroit next week.

The report cites officials briefed on the proposal.

The EPA said in a statement that the goal of the standards is to encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

The EPA touted President Joe Biden’s Investing in America program, describing it as already fueling “a domestic clean energy boom” that has lowered costs for American families and created high-paying union jobs.

The EPA’s statement added that it is developing new standards, building on historic progress, as “directed by the President in an executive order.”

The agency added in its statement that the new standards would support the transition to a zero-emission future, lower consumer costs, and protect people and the planet.

The statement also explained that being “under interagency review,” the EPA could not “comment further on the rules.”

In August 2021, Biden signed an executive order requiring the EPA to implement fuel efficiency and emissions standards to combat “the climate crisis.”

Months later, in an effort to reverse a Trump administration’s rule, the EPA finalized greenhouse gas standards for vehicles built between 2023 and 2026, rules the agency considered at the time the “most ambitious” rules of their kind.

The much-anticipated proposal will come next week as the Biden administration continues its aggressive push to get Americans to switch to electric cars and electrify home appliances to fight global warming.