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AFP-MI Presses Stabenow on Administration Phasing Out Gas Cars

Apr 10, 2024 by AFP

Lansing, Michigan—Today Americans for Prosperity-Michigan (AFP-MI) announced the launch of a new digital ad campaign in the Great Lake State calling on U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to block the Biden Administration’s efforts to ban gas-powered cars and force most Americans to drive electric vehicles.

President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a new emissions rule for light-duty and medium-duty vehicles that would require up to two-thirds of new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2032. U.S. Senators Pete Ricketts (R-NE) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) have announced Congressional Review Act legislation aimed at blocking this new government mandate, but Senator Stabenow has thus far stayed silent on the issue. AFP is urging Stabenow to vote for the legislation.

AFP-MI State Director Annie Patnaude issued the following statement after the announcement:

“Auto manufacturing is so critical to both the economy and character of our state. And yet, Senator Stabenow has failed to stand up for both. In his infinite wisdom, President Biden thinks he and his EPA know better than Michigan’s auto manufacturers. The tailpipe rule from the EPA punishes hard-working Michiganders more than most, as not only our cars but our jobs are being phased out in favor of more ‘Bidenomic’ thinking, which punishes consumers, over and over again—first with inflationary spending that drives up costs, and again with costly regulation that gives consumers fewer and more expensive choices.

“Senator Stabenow has an opportunity to stand up to Biden and defend Michiganders’ jobs by voting for Senators Sullivan and Ricketts’ Congressional Review Act to reverse this damaging mandate. AFP-MI is urging Michiganders’ to call her office and urge her vote against a mandate that promises to devastate the state’s economy.”

The Biden Administration is moving forward with this new government mandate even as new Ipsos polling shows 3 out of 4 Americans oppose government regulations that would ban new gasoline, diesel, and hybrid vehicles. It also comes as GMFord, and Stellantis have laid off thousands of American workers in recent months as a result of decisions to end production of certain gas-powered vehicles and weakening demand for EVs.