President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the U.S. should “move fast” to secure its place in the auto industry’s coming years.
Biden intends automakers to improve gas mileage and reduce tailpipe emissions between now and the model year 2026. His commitment to reduce emissions and combat climate change would be met if he were to achieve that goal, as he pushes for a historic shift in the U.S. away from combustion engines to rechargeable batteries vehicles
New Mileage –
As part of Biden’s objective to cut U.S. greenhouse emissions in half by the year 2030, the administration unveiled major mileage and anti-pollution standards for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Transportation Department. An industry-wide goal of 40-50 percent electric vehicles by 2030 has been set, according to the report.
Biden issued an executive order which included the regulatory requirements and the automakers’ self-initiated target, to the applause of the automotive industry representatives and lawmakers in attendance.
Former President Donald Trump rolled back fuel economy and the anti-pollution norms under his administration. As a result, the annual increases were lowered to 1.5% annually by the model year 2026.
Revising Trump’s Rollback –
A statement from the Environmental Protection Agency states that the new norms would reduce global warming and increase fuel economy by 10% over the Trump guidelines in the 2023 model year, preceded by 5% reductions for each model year until 2026. In 4 years, that’s a 25% increase.
Such “robust” benchmarks are “backed by sound science” and “technical expertise,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said so in the assertion.
Swift Action Needed –
Environmental groups applauded the move but urged the administration to move more quickly in order to achieve its goals.
Simon Mui, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, stated “, “This proposal tends to help us get back on track to tidying up tailpipe pollution.” As a result of climate change, however, “it’s clear that we do need to speed up our headway.”
Rising temperatures and sea levels are attributed to human-caused climate change, according to scientists.