Many states, among the most popular being California, were gearing up to put strict regulations against gas cars.
Thankfully, the House has passed a new bill that would forbid states from prohibiting or limiting the sale of gas cars.
The Washington Examiner has more on the story:
The House passed a bill banning states from implementing laws that would ban or limit the sale of gas-powered vehicles, marking Republicans’ latest efforts to stymie Democrats’ environmental agenda.
Lawmakers voted 222-190 to pass the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, which would amend federal law to block state attempts to eliminate the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines as well as prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing waivers that ban such sales. The bill passed largely along party lines, with Republicans pushing to impede Democratic efforts to replace gas-powered cars with electric vehicles to cut down on emissions.
The legislation comes in response to a decision by the California Air Resource Board to ban the sale of new, internal-combustion engine-powered vehicles by 2035 and require all new vehicles to have zero emissions. Republicans decried the move, accusing Democrats of pushing for the country to adopt an EV landscape, which GOP lawmakers argue is “unaffordable and impractical.”
Wealthy Democrat lawmakers love the idea of outlawing gas cars in the name of climate activism.
They can easily switch to electric cars when they rake in taxpayer money.
Then it is you and me, ordinary folk, who will suffer.
🚨OFFICIAL POLL RESULTS:
73% of #CA45 constituents support Congress overriding Gov. Newsom’s gas car ban and letting Americans choose what kind of car they drive.
Last week, I voted for Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act to do just that. pic.twitter.com/JBmdTtCI1l
— Rep. Michelle Steel (@RepSteel) September 17, 2023
Under MAGAnomics, gas was cheaper, cars were cheaper, groceries were cheaper, electric bills were cheaper, houses were cheaper, and every single cost of living was cheaper. pic.twitter.com/DGlFygvkxK
— Maximus D. Meridius (@Most_Maximus1) September 14, 2023
I was proud yesterday to vote with so many of my colleagues — Democrats and Republicans — to stop states from banning gas-powered cars. https://t.co/sYL1LwsRzc
— Congressman Mike Carey (@RepMikeCarey) September 15, 2023
Let’s see what The Hill has to say:
Despite its House passage, the Republican-led legislation is not expected to advance or become law. It would face opposition in the Democratic-led Senate, and the White House recently released a statement outlining its opposition.
“The Administration strongly opposes passage of H.R. 1435,” read the statement, which stopped short of an explicit veto threat. It said the bill would “restrict the ability of California and its citizens to address its severe air pollution challenges.”
Nevertheless, the bill represents another point where Republicans can criticize the Biden administration as energy policies — particularly as they pertain to household items — is an area they have honed in on.
“Restrictive government mandates isn’t how we’re going to lead the next hundred years, yet, that’s what EPA and California are trying to do,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said.
The bill’s passage comes at a time when auto workers are set to strike. The shift to electric vehicles has been one area of discontent, as the union has accused automakers of using the transition to electric vehicles to undercut wages.
This passage hits on a good point.
Even though the law has passed the House, there is a good chance it won’t pass through the Senate, let alone Biden’s desk.
However, the fact that there is pushback on these issues is a good sign.
Even if the bill dies in the Senate, do not lose hope for the future.