Obernolte & Cohorts Move To Block California’s Gas Car Ban

Yesterday, House Resolution 1435, sponsored by Congressman Jay Obernolte and three other Republican lawmakers, was passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
H.R.1435, which is known as the Preserving Choice for Vehicle Purchases Act, was introduced by Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce, Ohio Congressman Bob Latta, Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Obernolte. It will will next be considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R.1435, would amend federal law to block attempts to eliminate the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines. Further, the legislation would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing any waivers that would ban the sale or use of new motor vehicles with internal combustion engines. The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act was introduced in response to the California Air Resource Board’s decision to effectively ban the sale of new, internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035, in an effort to force automakers to cease the development and production of new gas-powered motor vehicles.“If California bans all gas-powered vehicles, as the California Air Resources Board is attempting to do, our cost of living will increase, blackouts and brownouts will become more frequent, and commuting families in my district will suffer,” said Congressman Obernolte. “Our bill will restrict the EPA from issuing the waiver California needs to execute its proposed ban, and by doing so will ensure all American consumers have choices in their transportation options.”

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