A group of 27 Senate Republicans on Thursday called on the Biden administration to drop its plan to drastically cut vehicle emissions through 2032 and ramp up EV sales.
In a letter led by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., lawmakers said the administration plan will "effectively mandate a costly transition to electric cars and trucks in the absence of congressional direction." The EPA proposal issued in April estimates sharp emissions cuts would result in 67 percent of new light duty vehicle sales as electric by 2032.
The EPA, which did not immediately comment Thursday, proposed a 56 percent reduction in projected light duty fleet average emissions over 2026 requirements. The EPA also proposed new stricter emissions standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks through 2032.
The Biden administration's push to ramp up EV sales is facing significant protests from Republicans in Congress. Environmental groups say the administration should go farther in tightening emissions limits. Republicans have also sought to cut incentives for EVs.