US Senators Urge Biden to Set Deadline for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Both of California’s senators have asked President Joe Biden to set a hard date that would cease the sale and production of gas-powered vehicles.

Democratic senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein asked Biden to “follow California’s lead” as well as to allow the western state to set clean car standards in a letter sent to the White House early Monday morning.

In September 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that set a hard stop date for the sale of gas-powered vehicles, requiring all vehicles to be emission free by 2035.

Both senators have encouraged the use of a compromise deal that sets guidelines for car-makers in between Trump administration roll backs and Obama-era requirements.

Multiple car manufacturers have already begun plans for fully electric lineups, including General Motors, Ford and Volvo, who all have said they will have phased out gas vehicles by 2035.

The Biden administration did not endorse the idea during the presidential campaign but did promise to significantly increase production on electric-vehicles and charging stations. They have also promised to replace 650,000 federal government vehicles with “clean electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers”.

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