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Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) submitted public comments outlining its opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to revise existing greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years. These new burdensome vehicle regulations would reduce affordability for passenger vehicles, replace consumer preferences with politically preferred technology and fuels, and ultimately harm the least fortunate – while doing little, if anything, to improve the environment. The EPA estimates the cost of the revised rule to be $150 billion through 2050, making this the Biden administration’s most expensive proposed rule to date.
AFP Regulations Policy Analyst Abigale Tardif issued the following statement:
“Increasing the price of a new vehicle by $1,044 at a time when Americans are already facing skyrocketing costs on everything we buy is completely unnecessary and disproportionately harmful for the least fortunate. This new rule would make life more expensive for Americans but do little, if anything, to improve the environment. States that have adopted similar vehicle emission standards have proven less effective in actually reducing emissions compared to states that have embraced a bottom-up approach to energy policy. The path to a healthier environment does not require punishing people with economic pain – it’s the opposite.”