Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has joined a coalition challenging President Joe Biden's "draconian" regulations on gas-powered vehicle emissions.
The Biden administration recently announced plans to mandate phasing out gas-powered vehicles, which would compel the restructuring of the automobile industry around the production of electric vehicles (EVs).
"Yet again, President Biden has prioritized his radical and illogical environmental agenda over the economic realities facing working-class Americans, and this time he's targeting affordable gas-powered vehicles," Marshall said in a press release. "Consumers are already experiencing record high energy prices and painful inflation, and this proposal will only prolong and exacerbate the inflationary pressures that are plaguing our economy. I will always stand guard against Biden's radical agenda, and I will never stop fighting for consumers and businesses in our state."
The proposal aims to boost EV sales from the current 8.4% of total vehicle sales to 67% by 2032. In response, Marshall signed onto a 25-state coalition letter opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan, arguing the move would damage America's economy, undermine the reliability of its electrical grids, threaten national security, and drastically increase costs for both families and businesses.
"The coalition's letter further argued that the aggressive shift to EVs is counterproductive, misguided and unrealistic," the release said. "The nation's power grids not only lack the capacity to accommodate the demands of the new proposed rule, but the grid is also lacking the stability to compensate for these new stringent demands. The EPA's plan undercuts American energy independence."
Additionally, the coalition argues that the "fast-and-furious approach to electrification" will be disastrous for the automotive supply chain by making us overly dependent on foreign adversaries, like China, for the raw minerals required for electric vehicle production.
Attorney General Marshall signed on to the letter with attorneys general in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
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