In a bid to tackle climate change, the Biden administration has outlined an aggressively ambitious plan that would revolutionise the automotive industry.
GB News host Nigel Farage says if Joe Biden runs for the 2024 presidential election, it will be “good news for the Republicans”.
“All I can say is God help America, the guy (Joe Biden) is a complete and utter duffer, barely knows where is he,” Mr Farage told Sky News host Paul Murray.
“But I think this is good news for the Republicans; I really, really do.
“Just look under him, millions, literally millions, have illegally crossed that southern border and, of course, crime is now rampant … in many American cities.”
The new standards, unveiled by the White House and the EPA on Tuesday (local time), would apply to car models between 2027 and 2032.
Although electric vehicles would not be mandated, it has been projected that as many as 67 per cent of vehicles sold by 2032 will be all-electric.
The EPA said if enacted, it would avoid 7.3 billion tonnes worth of carbon emissions through to 2055, which is the equivalent of eliminating all greenhouse gases from the whole transport sector for four years.
It said the move would bring “significant” health benefits by reducing the fine particulate matter that can lead to premature deaths, heart attacks, and other respiratory illnesses.
In a statement the EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the ambitious targets are “readily achievable”.
“We are delivering on the Biden-Harris Administration’s promise to protect people and the planet, securing critical reductions in dangerous air and climate pollution and ensuring significant economic benefits like lower fuel and maintenance costs for families,” he said.
Our infrastructure investments are the most substantial since Eisenhower.
Our manufacturing and science investments are the most significant in modern history.
Our climate investments are the most transformative in the world, ever.
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— President Biden (@POTUS) April 11, 2023
“These ambitious standards are readily achievable thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which is already driving historic progress to build more American-made electric cars and secure America’s global competitiveness.”
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation Chief Executive John Bozzella described the move as a massive understanding.
“A lot has to go right for this massive – and unprecedented – change in our automotive market and industrial base to succeed,” he said.
“Factors outside the vehicle, like charging infrastructure, supply chains, grid resiliency, the availability of low carbon fuels and critical minerals will determine whether EPA standards at these levels are achievable.”
The White House said President Biden, a “car enthusiast”, is seizing the moment.
“Cars and truck manufacturers have made clear that the future of transportation is electric,” it said.
“As a car enthusiast and self-proclaimed car guy, President Biden is seizing the moment.
“His Investing in America agenda is expanding domestic manufacturing and accelerating adoption of zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell electric vehicles.”