Biden Admin Finalizes Aggressive New Environmental Regulations, Sets Goals for Zero-Emissions Vehicles

The Biden administration has finalized a slate of highly anticipated environmental regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gas-powered vehicles and pushing the wider adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The new rules, announced jointly by the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, represent the most aggressive multi-pollutant emission standards ever finalized.

The regulations are specifically designed to accelerate the adoption of EVs, with the EPA estimating that the rules could lead to two-thirds of new cars and passenger trucks being electric in 2032. The rules will make gas-powered vehicles unavailable or prohibitively expensive for most Americans, industry groups warned. The regulations are the most recent in a series of steps taken by the Biden administration to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act and the announcement of a new national climate goal.

However, the regulations have also been criticized for being too aggressive and potentially detrimental to the automotive industry, as well as for being too costly for consumers. The rules come as President Biden faces increased scrutiny over his climate policies and amid concerns about the economic consequences of moving too quickly towards electrification.

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