Ricketts, Colleagues Lead Fight to Protect Americans From Radical Energy and Environmental Policy
June 21, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) joined Roger Marshall (R-KS), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and 6 of his Senate colleagues in introducing the Preserving Choice in Vehicles Act to limit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing Clean Air Act (CAA) waivers for state policies seeking to ban or otherwise limit the sale of internal combustion engines. This legislation would maintain consumer choice and competition in the automotive markets to give Americans access to reliable and affordable vehicles.
This past March, the EPA granted California two waivers that would lead to the implementation of more stringent medium and heavy-duty emission standards than what is currently federally mandated. This bill comes after California’s application for a waiver to ban the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2035. View more background about the bill here.
“Gavin Newsom’s hand-picked California bureaucrats have no business restricting the choices of Nebraska consumers,” Ricketts said. “California’s waiver restricts freedom, shrugs off the cost of electric vehicles while families are struggling, ignores supply chain and infrastructure challenges, and disregards American biofuels. I am proud to join this effort to bring some sanity to these detached-from-reality policies.”
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