Third Biden nominee withdrawn—one opposed by oil and gas groups

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Somewhere enroute to running the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, President Biden’s nominee ran off the road.

The nomination of Ann Carlson was unexpectedly withdrawn Tuesday night after some major farm groups came out against her because of her comments in support of the EV industry and plans to pursue controversial vehicle economy standards.

Every Republican on  the Senate Commerce Committee opposed the nomination and complained that Carlson’s plans “run contrary to the law” and would “diminish vehicle choice.”

It was Carlson’s comments that got her in trouble with Republicans as well as oil and gas industry groups. Early in May, 43 such groups including the Western Energy Alliance, the American Petroleum Institute and the National Ocean Industries Association called on GOP and Democratic leaders of the committee to block the nomination.

Hours before the White House made the unexpected decision to withdraw Carlson’s nomination, the American Farm Bureau, the National Corn Growers Association and other major agriculture groups announced their opposition reported Fox Digital News.

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