Republicans seek to block state gasoline car phaseouts

Source: By JACK FORREST, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2022

One of the bills targets California’s ability to override EPA’s Clean Air Act with its own, stronger regulations.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.).

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.).Francis Chung/E&E News

House Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday against states wanting to phase out gasoline-powered cars.

California Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s “Revoking Engine and Vehicle (REV) Requirements Act” would scrap California’s ability to exceed national vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. The bill would effectively roll back rules going back decades and replicated by numerous other states.

“California is abusing their waiver authority and its status as the largest market in the United States to force this change on all Americans,” LaMalfa said. “We have a free market; therefore if Americans truly wanted to make the switch to electric vehicles, then they would buy them — no government interference necessary.”

California will have to receive a waiver from EPA before the new program becomes official. States like New York, Washington and Massachusetts will need to wait to pass their own expected rules against gasoline cars until the California waiver is approved. LaMalfa’s bill would block that entire process.