Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that every vehicle that’s out on the road will be fully electric by the time the year 2040 rolls around.
“There is no way the United States can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without looking at how Americans drive,” Schumer went on to say on Tuesday. “So I have put forward an ambitious, comprehensive proposal to accelerate our country’s transition to zero-emission vehicles. We’ve called it Clean Cars for America.”
“The goal of that plan is that by 2040, all vehicles should be clean. All vehicles on the road should be clean. The International Energy Agency, by the way, recommends the world reach that target by 2050, so we beat them by 10 years, if this proposal goes into effect,” he continued.
Sen. Martin Heinrich has introduced a new piece of legislation entitled “Electrifying America’s Future Bill,” on Tuesday that will focus on providing federal funding to help with the electrification of “residential and commercial construction, transportation, and industrial sectors.”
“Electric vehicles, despite the fact that they have a lower cost of ownership, despite the fact that they’re a lot more fun to drive, speaking personally, I’ve got both, they have become just another weapon in the culture wars,” Heinrich stated. “That said, they’re a giant opportunity for us to build cars here in America that we can export to the rest of the world. I for one am very much looking forward to Ford rolling out their electric F150 here this week, that’s the kind of investment in the future of America that we should be making.”
A recent study found that China’s greenhouse gas emissions exceed emissions from the U.S. and other developed countries combined.
Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan includes $174 billion in “electrification” spending, which is aimed at competing with China and combating climate change. A White House fact sheet explains the plan’s premise and goals:
“U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales is only one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. The President believes that must change. He is proposing a $174 billion investment to win the EV market.
“It will give consumers point of sale rebates and tax incentives to buy American-made EVs, while ensuring that these vehicles are affordable for all families and manufactured by workers with good jobs. It will establish grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030, while promoting strong labor, training, and installation standards,” the fact sheet said.
So it’s true that electric cars do produce a less direct sort of emission on the road than fuel-efficient or diesel vehicles, other studies have demonstrated that the electric cars actually emit more than conventional vehicles.