Oklahoma’s delegation in the U.S. House was part of the overwhelming vote Wednesday night to stop the Biden administration’s implementation of an EPA rule to require the manufacture of electric vehicles beginning in 2027.
The Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act of 2023 or H.R. 4468 was approved on a 221-197 vote with all Republican Representatives voting for it and five Democrats opposing it as well. If signed into law, the legislation would prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing, implementing or enforcing a proposed rule titled “Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Year 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles.”
“The EPA’s proposed rule would set emissions standards so radical it would result in at least two-thirds of all passenger vehicles sold in the United States to be electric by 2032,”said Rep. Tom Cole.
“It would do so without taking into consideration significantly higher costs for the American people and the current lack of charging infrastructure throughout the country. Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be mandating what type of vehicles Americans should own when they are fully capable of deciding what fits the needs of their families and lifestyle best.”
He was joined by other Oklahoma Representatives, Stephanie Brice, Josh Brecheen, Kevin Hern and Frank Lucas in stopping the EPA mandate and its schedule.
As OK Energy Today reported earlier, more than 3,000 auto dealers, including more than 20 in Oklahoma, recently complained to the EPA that EVs were piling up on their lots. They said customers don’t want the vehicles.