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Missouri challenges proposal to phase out gas-powered vehicles

Attorney general joins 25 states denouncing Biden Administration’s EV goals, saying they will have consequences for the automotive supply chain

Jefferson City, Mo.—A coalition of 25 states is challenging the Biden Administration’s proposed plan to phase out gas-powered vehicles and restructure the automobile industry around electric vehicles (EVs). The proposal aims to boost certain EV sales from 8.4% of total vehicle sales today to 67% by 2032.

“I will always fight to combat government overreach, and that includes pushing back against Joe Biden’s attack on gas-powered vehicles,” said Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey.

In a letter to Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Attorney General Bailey noted that phasing out gas-powered vehicles would damage the economy, undermine the reliability of electrical grids, tax working families and businesses who depend on them, and threaten national security. 

Missouri is joined in sending the letter by Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The letter asserts that the aggressive shift to EVs is counterproductive and misguided, as the country’s power grids not only lack the capacity to accommodate the proposed rule’s new demands, but also lack the ability to handle them safely.

The letter highlights how the Biden Administration’s approach to electrification will have consequences for the automotive supply chain. Biden’s plan would force the U.S. to be dependent on foreign adversaries such as China, which supplies many of the minerals necessary for electric vehicles.

The average EV sold for $61,448 at the end of 2022, and many consumers are unable to afford EVs in the current economy, the letter states.

Attorney General Bailey also filed suit against the EPA’s rule allowing California to illegally ban existing tractor-trailers and heavy-duty vehicles by forcing truckers to buy zero-emission trucks.

The full letter can be read here.

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