Headline RoundupFebruary 20th, 2024

Biden Administration Reportedly Considers Rolling Back EV Transition Timeline

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Biden administration is reportedly considering delaying its push for automakers to significantly increase electric vehicle (EV) production.

The Details: The move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would give manufacturers more time to shift to EV production and would delay more ambitious sales goals until after 2030. The Biden administration’s initial proposal, created with climate targets in mind, sought to have EVs account for 50% of all new car sales in the U.S. by 2030. The administration's move comes amid slower-than-expected EV market growth in the EV and backlash against strict emission standards. The official change is expected to be announced this spring.

Key Quote: CNN (Lean Left bias) quoted White House national climate adviser Ali Zaidi stating, “President Biden’s been consistent in moving us forward, accelerating U.S. leadership on this critical technology for our economy and environment.”

For Context: The EV market has not grown as fast as anticipated, and only accounted for 7% of new car sales last year. 

How the Media Covered It: The Hill (Center bias) focused on implications for the manufacturing industry and labor unions. CNN focused on environmental implications, highlighting critiques from advocates who see it as coming at the expense of climate goals. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) suggested that the original proposal could have harmed the auto industry and impacted jobs, and highlighted consumer issues as high EV costs and a lack of charging infrastructure. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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