House Democrats weigh big investments in EVs, climate

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, E&E Reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021

 House Democrats laid the groundwork for signifcant investments in electric vehicles and green infrastructure during a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing yesterday amid growing support for climate policy in the private sector. “The climate is changing rapidly. Time is not on our side,” said T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). “This committee intends to take bold steps again this Congress to support significant emissions reductions in the transportation sector.” DeFazio and other Democrats called for investments in emerging transportation technologies, EVs and cleaner use of existing roads, citing the massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, H.R. 2, they passed through the House last year as a model. DeFazio has said he wants the surface transportation reauthorization bill to be a bipartisan effort, with pay-fors dealt with via budget reconciliation, allowing sticky revenue proposals to bypass the Senate filibuster.