The Kentucky and West Virginia attorneys general led over 20 states in a public comment blasting the Biden Administration for its “unlawful, unwise, and unsustainable” proposed rule, which would force vehicle manufacturers to create more electric vehicles.”This is an attack on rural America and rural Americans who are working really hard to make ends meet who are going to get bludgeoned by this rule,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey told Fox News Digital.


The Republican West Virginia AG also feels they’re “really trying to play shortcuts with the law,” by lumping different types of automobiles together.

“President Biden wants to use the power of government to force a massive shift in demand for automobiles, with the government putting its thumb on the scale in favor of EVs. But Americans don’t want what he is selling,” AG Cameron told Fox News Digital. “This is the latest head-in-the-sand approach to achieving the left’s impossible green-energy fantasies. Government shouldn’t pick winners and losers, and an EPA rule that would kill gas-powered vehicles does just that.”

“Forcing that market transformation goes far beyond the statutory limits Congress set. And it is bad policy,” the public comment, which is detailed in an 18-page letter that was obtained by Fox News Digital, said. “The Proposed Rule is unlawful, unwise, and unsustainable. As one auto industry advisor put it, we need more time to develop solutions together.”

“The Agency’s cost-benefit assessment is wrong, too, in large part because it leans so heavily on the shaky ‘social cost of greenhouse gases’ metric,” the letter said. “A more careful look at these issues shows why the Proposed Rule, if left uncorrected, would damage our economy, tax our electrical grids and the families and businesses who depend on them, and threaten our national security. For these and other reasons explained below, the undersigned Attorneys General urge EPA to reconsider the Proposed Rule.”

“The Proposed Rule also generates tension with the regulatory efforts of agencies in other areas,” and “runs contrary to Congress’s intent by frustrating the purpose of the Renewable Fuel Standards program,” according to the complaint.
The Attorneys General blasted the proposed rule as “arbitrary,” “capricious” while declaring it would be “inaccurate” to treat electronic vehicles as zero-emitting vehicles. The complaint also stated the cost-benefit analysis is flawed and the proposed rule ignores “significant hurdles” to the industry transformation that the rule requires.

The complaint letter also noted that consumers “are not willing to accept” the proposal.

“EPA appreciates the wide range of comments received on this rulemaking. When the agency finalizes the proposal, we plan to post a response to comments in the public docket, consistent with our requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Clean Air Act,” an EPA spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

“The EPA’s proposed rule is an assault on consumers. By forcing car manufacturers to focus on producing expensive, unwanted electric vehicles, the EPA is raising the costs for traditional automobiles, lowering the available stock of the most desirable vehicles, and forcing customers to subsidize expensive EV’s for wealthier consumers,” Hild told Fox News Digital.

“The current EPA proposal is best understood as yet another attempt to weaponize the agency rulemaking process, and the power of the federal government, to wipe away things that everyday consumers overwhelmingly like, use, and rely upon for life’s essential needs,” Skinner told Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Thomas Catenacci and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. NYNNC is a media reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter.

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