The attorneys general argue that the rule is "unlawful, unwise, and unsustainable" and would negatively impact rural America.
This comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced vehicle pollution standards for car model years 2027 through 2032 to limit emissions from cars. This proposal aims to have EVs account for 67 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales and 46 percent of new medium-duty vehicle sales by 2032.
Morrisey and Cameron, along with attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming, have jointly penned a scathing 18-page letter urging the EPA to reconsider the proposal.
Morrisey, the first Republican attorney general in West Virginia, argued that the Biden administration and the EPA lack the authority to impose measures without the approval of Congress. He also stressed that rural Americans will not benefit from it.
"It's trying to force American consumers to buy these electric vehicles. I don't know how Americans are going to be able to afford that into the future. We already have terrible inflation ravaging our country, but this is going to make it only worse."
President Joe Biden's push for widespread EV adoption has been a cornerstone policy of his administration. However, car manufacturers and critics argue that the current market conditions and infrastructure limitations make these targets unachievable.
Edmunds, a car-shopping center, disclosed that the average cost of a new gas car in May was around $47,892, but a typical EV is around $65,381. EVs, according to manufacturers, are cheaper in the long run due to affordable electricity and tax schemes, but in a study published by DailyMail.com, it takes a decade to break even on EVs.
Similarly, a recent report by Cox Automotive revealed that while interest in EVs is high, actual sales are waning. The report also highlighted that EVs and plug-in hybrids only account for eight percent of the market. This data underscores a substantial gap between public enthusiasm and purchasing behavior.
Toyota and Stellantis, two of the world's largest car manufacturers, said Biden's ambitious plan to achieve two-thirds of new EV sales by 2032 in the United States was "overly optimistic."
Tom Stricker, the vice president of Toyota, supported reducing carbon emissions but questioned the feasibility of the proposed target. Stricker mentioned the scarcity of minerals required for battery production, the absence of domestic mining and refining minerals, insufficient charging infrastructure, and the high cost of battery-electric vehicles.
"Automakers need time to invest in EV and battery production capacity, for the charging infrastructure to develop across the country, and for the market to mature," Stricker said.
Stellantis echoed Toyota's sentiments, stating that the proposed rule underestimated the complexities of establishing a viable EV market. The automaker argued that the plan failed to consider the issues associated with building the necessary infrastructure and meeting consumer demand. (Related: Electric vehicles are a SCAM – here’s why.)
Morrisey and Cameron also criticized the cost-benefit analysis of the EPA and contended that the proposed rule disregards consumer choices and affordability. They said the electrical grids are unprepared for the aggressive industry transformations demanded by the rule, leading to energy dependency and reduced national security.
Consumers Research Executive Director Will Hild and Alliance for Consumers Executive Director O.H. Skinner made a separate assertion against the statement from the White House that the regulations would save consumers an average of $12,000 over the lifetime of the vehicles.
"The EPA's proposed rule is an assault on consumers. By forcing car manufacturers to focus on producing expensive, unwanted electric vehicles, the EPA is raising the costs for traditional automobiles, lowering the available stock of the most desirable vehicles, and forcing customers to subsidize expensive EVs for wealthier consumers," Hild told Fox News Digital.
Skinner, meanwhile, said: "The current EPA proposal is best understood as yet another attempt to weaponize the agency rulemaking process, and the power of the federal government, to wipe away things that everyday consumers overwhelmingly like, use, and rely upon for life's essential needs."
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