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April 10, 2023

The Biden Administration is considering putting more aggressive restrictions on tailpipe emissions of new gas-powered cars to force Americans into electric cars.

In a statement, the EPA said, "Already, President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is powering a domestic clean energy manufacturing boom, lowering costs for American families, and creating good-paying union jobs. As directed by the President in an executive order, the EPA is developing new standards that will build on this historic progress and support the transition to a zero-emissions transportation future, lowering costs for consumers, and protecting people and the planet.”

Somebody should restrict the level of toxic gas coming out of the EPA’s tailpipe. If anyone really believes that punitive new federal regulations lower costs for consumers, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arkansas I’d like to sell them.

For a blast of reality, we turn to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who replied, "NHTSA’s new fuel economy standards will only add to the cost of new cars, depriving people of safe, affordable vehicles, at a time when they are already struggling. It also enforces burdensome penalties on manufacturers—who are finding it difficult to keep up with high demand and inventory shortages as it is—which will only increase prices further as these ’penalties’ are passed along to the consumers."

I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d offer to bet the White House on whether car prices will go up or down after they impose even more strict regulations. I could use the winnings to buy a Hummer.

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