Washington, D.C. — Republican Leader for the House Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement on President Biden’s plan to impose unattainable electric vehicle goals and vehicle mileage and tailpipe emissions standards across the country.
“This is another example of the Biden-Harris administration deciding to push the agenda of the radical Left at the expense of hardworking Americans and their families. These burdensome and unattainable restrictions will force people to either pay more for a car they can barely afford or keep their older cars on the road. This will make our roads less safe as people are unable to obtain the enhanced safety features available in newer cars.
“As people struggle to stretch their last dollar to afford reliable transportation amid rising gasoline prices, this administration is now asserting more control over the vehicles we drive to work, take our children to school, and live our lives. It’s unfair to people whose car is not a luxury but a necessity. It’s also a radical push for electric vehicles that will make America more dependent on Chinese supply chains and hurt our global competitive edge.
“This is another missed opportunity for America to lead on autonomous vehicles, which will not only improve roadway safety but do so in an energy-efficient way.
“To secure a cleaner American energy future, Democrats would be wise to work with Republicans to unleash innovation for cleaner emitting vehicles, such as AVs, to keep our roadways safe and vehicles affordable.”