EPA Tailpipe Rule CRA — Increasing Prices, Reducing Choices

Rep. John James (R-Mich.) introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would nullify the Biden Administration’s recent “tailpipe rule.” On March 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final rule titled “Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles.” The rule severely restricts Americans from making the best decision for their family vehicle and forces a one-size-fits-all scheme centered around the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Rep. James is leading the charge in the House to nullify the rule and prevent the Biden Administration from stifling American consumer choice.

Unfortunately, the administration’s rule ignores the benefits of consumer choice. Hybrids, biofuels and more efficient internal combustion engines all constitute options for Americans that contribute to decreasing emissions in the transportation sector.  

In a recent statement about Rep. James’ push to reverse the rule, CRES President Heather Reams said: “Limiting consumer choice will not reduce global emissions. The EPA’s tailpipe rule ties the hands of hard-working Americans and ignores the benefits of hybrids, liquid fuels and American innovation in the automotive sector. CRES opposes the EPA tailpipe rule because it will result in rising costs and supports Rep. John James’ leadership in introducing a CRA measure that would stop the rule in its tracks.”  

At CRES, we applaud Rep. James’ advocacy for a more balanced approach that considers both economic and emissions implications of this new regulation, and his use of the CRA is a step in the right direction.  

Cutting emissions shouldn’t mean cutting consumer choices. To learn more about emissions-reducing alternatives to EV mandates, check out CRES Forum’s recent white paper HERE.  

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