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Ford backs Biden’s ambitious vehicle emissions cuts amidst Republican opposition

EPA chief Michael Regan clarified that the final rules, which forecast a 49% reduction in emissions by 2032

Ford announced Monday its support for the Biden administration’s ambitious plan to drastically reduce vehicle emissions by 2032, dismissing Republican claims that the new climate rules are detrimental to business. The second-largest U.S. automaker endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations introduced in March, which aim to cut passenger vehicle fleetwide tailpipe emissions by nearly 50% from 2027 levels by 2032.

The Dearborn-based automaker highlighted the necessity of long-term planning to meet emissions standards, stating, “Complying with emissions regulations requires lengthy planning, and Ford has taken steps to transform its business to ensure compliance with stricter emissions standards.” Ford also welcomed the stability provided by the Multi-Pollutant Rule, which would prevent frequent changes in standards.

While currently campaigning for re-election, Former President Donald Trump has pledged to overturn these regulations, which aim to increase the adoption of EVs.

In a related development, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, representing major automakers including General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Stellantis, Honda, and Hyundai, expressed support for key aspects of the EPA’s rule. The trade group backed the inclusion of EVs in fleetwide emissions averaging and the exclusion of upstream emissions from compliance calculations while refraining from commenting on the overall rule or its legality.

However, the road to implementing these regulations is not without its challenges. Opposition has been significant, with 25 Republican-led states suing the EPA last month. These states argue that the new rules are unlawful and impractical, and Republican officials contend that the administration’s stringent regulations aim to reshape the American passenger vehicle market by compelling automakers to prioritize EV production. This political and legal opposition provides a clear picture of the hurdles the EPA’s rule is facing.

Conversely, a coalition of 22 states led by California has endorsed the EPA’s tailpipe emissions standards, arguing that the absence of stringent future reductions would be detrimental. These regulations are among the most consequential environmental measures of President Joe Biden’s administration, which has prioritized climate change mitigation. From 2030 to 2032, the EPA predicts that electric vehicles will account for 35% to 56% of new vehicle sales.

EPA chief Michael Regan clarified that the final rules, which forecast a 49% reduction in emissions by 2032 compared to 2026 levels, do not mandate manufacturers to adopt electric vehicles. However, they do encourage significant emissions cuts.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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