Inside the ‘alternative’ clean car rule Biden may push

By Jean Chemnick | 02/20/2024 06:33 AM EST

A weaker version of EPA’s proposed rule would slow-roll emission reductions to give automakers more time to switch to electric vehicles.

President Joe Biden drives a Cadillac Lyriq through the showroom during a tour at the Detroit Auto Show.

President Joe Biden drives a Cadillac Lyriq through the showroom Sept. 14, 2022, during a tour at the Detroit Auto Show in Detroit. Evan Vucci/AP

Gas-powered cars would stay on the roads for longer, emitting more planet-warming pollution, if President Joe Biden makes an election-year concession to automakers and weakens EPA’s proposed tailpipe emission standards.

The rule is still under White House review, and administration staff have nine more meetings scheduled with companies, environmental groups and state air regulators who hope their testimony has a last-minute impact. But unnamed sources told The New York Times that the administration intends to finalize a rule that would give automakers more time to cut car and truck pollution.
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E&E News spoke with dozens of advocates, analysts and former federal officials who said they hadn’t been briefed and assume the rule for passenger vehicles is still in flux.

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“I would think the way to view it is they’re probably honing in on where they think they’re going to go, but they probably haven’t absolutely made their final decision yet,” said Jeff Alson, a former career official at EPA who worked on the first greenhouse gas rules in the Obama administration.

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