a major step to fight climate change, the Biden administration is raising
vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming
final rule issued, would raise mileage standards starting in the 2023 model
year, reaching a projected industry-wide target of 40 miles per gallon by 2026.
move comes a day after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin delivered a potentially
fatal blow to Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill,
jeopardizing Democrats’ agenda and infuriating the White House.
new mileage rules are the most ambitious tailpipe pollution standards ever set
for passenger cars and light trucks.
standards also will help expand the market share of zero emissions vehicles,
the administration said, with a goal of battery electric and plug-in hybrid
vehicles reaching 17% of new vehicles sold in 2026. EVs and plug-in hybrids are
expected to have about 7% market share in 2023.
EPA said the rule would not only slow climate change, but also improve public
health by reducing air pollution and lower costs for drivers through improved
has set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by
2030 as he pushes a history-making shift in the U.S. from internal combustion
engines to battery-powered vehicles.
and public health groups mostly hailed the new rules, while the trade
association representing most major automakers reacted cautiously.
called the new rule critical to address climate change. Transportation is the
single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, making
up 29% of all emissions.
U.S. rejoined the Paris agreement on Biden’s first day in office
after former President Donald Trump had withdrawn the U.S. from the global
pact. The new rules would begin with the 2023 car model year and increase
emissions reductions year by year through model year 2026. The rule accelerates
the rate of emissions reductions to between 5 and 10% each year from 2023
through 2026, the EPA said, far higher than under previous rules.
Sources: PBS News Hour
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