EPA chief backs transition away from gas cars

Source: By Arianna Skibell, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2021

 EPA Administrator Michael Regan hit cable news this week to back President Biden’s plan to replace gasoline cars with electric ones — without forfeiting American jobs. “It’s very realistic. The market is telling us it’s realistic,” he said on MSNBC yesterday. “Ford and other major auto manufacturers are already shifting and making this shift very quickly.” Biden is facing increasing pressure from state leaders and Democratic lawmakers to ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035, with a goal of dramatically curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Such a ban would likely come via EPA regulations. While the president has not issued a firm phaseout date, he has made clear that boosting the electric vehicle market is a key component of his strategy for tackling climate change.

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