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Biden announces new emissions standards


Low-emission vehicles parked on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh

Biden announces new emissions standards

A new executive order from President Biden aims to have more than half of new vehicles powered by electricity by 2030. Top automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis—formerly Fiat Chrysler—pledged to increase electric vehicle sales and reduce emissions. Biden’s executive order, signed on Thursday afternoon, calls for adjusted nationwide gas mileage and pollution standards. The Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department are working on updated guidelines to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise fuel efficiency by 10 percent. The new rules will be phased in over the next four years.

What does this change? The order reverses some Trump administration policies that eased Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. President Donald Trump’s EPA reduced the 5 percent annual fuel efficiency improvement requirement to 1.5 percent each year. Roughly 2.2 percent of current vehicle sales involve electric or hybrid vehicles. The automakers emphasized a need for Congress to approve electric vehicle investments.

Dig deeper: Listen to Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on the Biden administration’s push for green energy.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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Richard

I don't think people in the city think much before they do/say ignorant things like this. Think about it: 1% of Americans are farmers, yet 100% of people need to eat. Not only does the American farmer supply America with food, but also much of the world. So... you're telling me that 1% of the American population is supposed to produce the same amount of food (or more) using "green" energy? Impossible; not to mention the fact that a whole lot of fossil fuels are necessary to mine the copper for the batteries, mold the steel for the motor housing, etc. There is a solution out there, but government edicts aren't it.

news2me

If they make poor people buy a rich man's car, the emissions will indeed be less because fewer people will be driving.

news2me

It won't be cheap to charge them at charging stations.
We know someone who had an outlet put into his garage. Very expensive.
SRP has a special charging rate if you wait until 11 PM thru the wee hours of the night.
Charging is VERY SLOW.
And has anyone asked where they are to dump the used electric batteries?
Here we go again. Loads of batteries will be found at the bottom of lakes and oceans because they will need to off-load them illegally.