(RepublicanPress.org) – Leftist lawmakers have been trying to force their environmental goals on the Democratic Party for years in hopes of gaining enough momentum to push their Green New Deal through both Congressional chambers. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have spearheaded that effort. On the plus side, they have co-opted the Democrats’ messaging to a large extent, causing potential harm to their ability to maintain control of the House and Senate after the 2022 midterm elections.
However, on the negative side, they have managed to slowly whittle away at mainstream Democrats’ resistance to their agenda goals in this area of climate change and the environment. A perfect case in point is President Joe Biden’s recent plan to reimpose Obama-era vehicle standards on the automobile industry and, by proxy, the American people.
Biden’s Anticipated New Mileage Rule
On Tuesday, July 27, the Associated Press reported that President Joe Biden plans to introduce new vehicle mileage standards over the next five years that will far exceed those of his former partner in crime, Barack Obama. Government and automobile industry officials briefed on the plan say the goal is two-fold. First, the administration plans to force a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gasses. Second, it hopes to strong-arm about 40% of Americans to switch from fossil fuels to electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
Understandably, auto industry heads are pushing back against the idea, hoping for a less radical and slower transition away from traditional fuels toward the exclusive use of alternative energy sources or forced expensive innovations in such a short timeline.
The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency reportedly want to address climate demands and those of Detroit automakers.
Biden administration officials reportedly modeled the framework of their plan using California’s emission standards framework from 2019. Reached with BMW, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and Volvo, that arrangement increased mileage standards while cutting an estimated 3.7% of greenhouse gas emissions per year moving forward.
As one might expect, environmental groups say the plan doesn’t go far enough. Katherine Garcia, the Sierra Club’s acting director for its Clean Transportation for All Campaign, told reporters, “the world isn’t the same” as it was when Obama signed off on then-new clean car standards back in 2012. According to her, “millions of Americans” have had to endure “heat waves,” “bail out their flooded homes,” and leave their residences in the wake of wildfires.
The proposed rules could be released as early as next week. If approved, they would go into effect for automobiles beginning with the 2023 models.
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