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Biden’s New EPA Chief Says Tougher Emissions Requirements Are Coming Soon

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Since taking office in January, President Joe Biden has made it no secret that one of his top priorities is reducing greenhouse emissions. Biden has already met with automakers to discuss ways to make that happen shortly after he directed the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement – a move praised by Ford. Now, Biden’s newly appointed head of the EPA – Michael Regan – is promising tougher tailpipe emissions requirements by the end of July.

“We need to go as far as we can to meet the demands of the day,” Regan explained to Bloomberg News in an interview. “The science indicates we have a short window in time to reverse the path we’re on and mitigate against certain climate impacts.”

The EPA is in the midst of rewriting Trump-era emissions requirements that relaxed tailpipe emissions requirements for vehicles produced through the 2026 model year. Regan noted that the EPA will not back down under pressure from automakers on this topic given the fact that the transportation industry is one of the largest current contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

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“We have heavily engaged with the business community,” Regan said. “We are heavily engaged with the labor community. It’s a false option to choose between economic development and prosperity and environmental protection.”

In addition, Regan noted that the EPA is on the cusp of reviewing Trump’s decision to ban California from settings its own vehicle emissions standards, saying he’s “a firm believer in the state’s statutory authority to lead, in California being the leader.” Additionally, Regan did not rule out a ban on the future sale of ICE-powered vehicles, at least a de facto one stemming from future emissions requirements, something that the Biden administration has refused to support to this point.

We’ll have more on the Biden administration’s automotive-related regulations soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Hence the electric gizmos that have inadequate range, use precious resources, rely on power produced elsewhere, and are proven to be irrelevant to 74% of the adult population.

  2. Clowns don’t lie, they don’t asked supporters to invade the heart of democracy, they love all ethnic people and don’t look to blame everyone else for their failures. Every clown that did work for Trump ended up in jail because they were not real clowns.
    If you believe we have a clown running our country, please get in line, clown.

  3. Ford is as out of touch with Americans as the dumb-o-crat communists are. Now Ford is even ‘praising’ the criminal occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for rejoining the Paris ‘climate accord’. Henry has got to be rolling over in his grave. God help us.

  4. Word to the FORD Authority blog administrator…. this is a car blog, not a political rant site. In the absence of any thoughtful comments, why are sitting on your hands?

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