A consortium of two-dozen environmental activist groups sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week expressing concern that his administration’s emissions standards are not strict enough.
In the letter, the activist group urged the Biden Adminsitration to implement more stringent emissions laws that match the Obama era year-over-year emissions reductions of five percent. The current laws, which were negotiated between a group of five automakers and the state of California last year, mandate year-over-year reductions of about 3.7 percent. However the real-world reductions are actually closer to 2.7 percent, according to Bloomberg, as automakers are allowed to receive credits in exchange for implementing certain emissions-reducing technologies.
“Our nation’s standards must be robust, have integrity and ensure strong year-over-year on-road emission reductions,” the group said in the letter, which was signed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club, among more. “The standards must not be undermined by complex credit schemes that reward automakers for reductions on paper that aren’t matched in real world performance.”
The group was also critical of the California emissions deal as it does not recognize the emissions created by charging electric vehicles. The Obama-era policy, by comparison, would have accounted for emissions produced by charging EVs using energy from coal-fired plants. The group is also concerned that automakers will lean on ZEV credits to avoid making the gasoline vehicles they will sell for the next 15 years or so more efficient.
“It is important to accelerate the transition to EVs and recognize that there are going to be hundreds of millions of new gas-powered vehicles made before the last internal combustion engine vehicle is sold, and those new gas-powered vehicles need to have their emissions controlled better than they are now,” Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign for the Center for Biological Diversity, told Bloomberg this week.
White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said this week the Biden Administration is “looking at developing a rule that does catch up, developing a rule that goes further out, and we are going to continue to talk to the car companies,” with regard to setting emissions standards.