Republicans prepare to pummel EPA over tailpipe rule

Source: By EMMA DUMAIN, E&E News • Posted: Monday, May 15, 2023

A House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee is also focusing on the administration’s electric vehicle push.

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas).
House Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs Chair Pat Fallon (R-Texas) is seen during a March hearing. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee, under Republican leadership, will continue to challenge the Biden administration’s environmental agenda this week.

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Driving Bad Policy: Examining EPA’s Tailpipe Emissions Rules and the Realities of a Rapid Electric Vehicle Transition.”

Members will, according to a press release, consider the consequences of the agency’s proposed rule to limit smog, soot and carbon from cars and trucks starting with model year 2027.

The move is designed to hasten the advent of electric vehicles by the time the new tailpipe emissions standards are fully implemented in model year 2032 — or, as committee Republicans say, “to force a radical increase in the number of EVs on America’s roads and impose sweeping green regulations on traditional cars.”

“The impact this would have on American consumers cannot be understated,” subcommittee Chair Pat Fallon (R-Texas) asserted in a statement.