President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a $ 2 trillion climate agenda that includes provisions ranging from coordinating climate priorities in transportation infrastructure spending to start-up. “Cash for Clunkers” restarted to modernize the fleet towards a cleaner direction.
The Union of Concerned Scientists declared Biden’s victory on Saturday as “the victory of science” —that is based on both the foundation’s methodology to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and all ramifications. for energy and the environment. The Sierra Club, in congratulating the Biden / Harris victory, has called it “the strongest climate, clean energy and environmental justice platform ever lifted by a presidential ticket.”;
But the implementation of that plan and foundations required rule-building and reliance on Democrats’ control of Congress – and most recently in a series of political elections, elections Georgia will determine control of the Senate. Without the legislative branch on his side, the chances of pushing for a broad, independent climate legislation are slim.
Even without Senate control, there are still many things President-elect Biden can do for clean energy and green vehicles. Bloomberg Note that a task force recently assembled during the campaign and led by former Secretary of State John Kerry and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has outlined 56 of them.
Here are 10 items on the list that we find within the reach of President-elect Biden. Each of them can make a significant difference to electric vehicles in America, and overall that would be a change at sea compared to our current orbit.
Review your fuel economy requirements
While the timing of the Trump EPA final rule on fuel savings and emissions is reported to be hard to reverse course, the Biden administration could use existing EPA resources to make it easier. gives the case of restoring the Obama era rules that were in place until 2026.
This also won’t be an immediate change, as the agency will need to follow the existing rule-building process. According to Trump’s accepted precedent, Biden has the option of appointing people to “action” positions so that rule-making can be done. Although all this can be open to court challenges.
Extending and extending EV tax credits
An extension of the federal EV tax credit with a manufacturer limit of 600,000 vehicles and a credit cut from $ 7,500 to $ 7,000 was included in last year’s federal spending bill, with bipartisan backing. but was cut back by the White House. Without Trump and economic advisor Larry Kudlow, a second time could be a dreadful affair. Biden’s campaign has stated that he is likely to seek to establish a $ 250,000 limit on household income to claim credit. The ceiling lift is currently punishing GM and Tesla for their early successes with plug-in cars that could even be the long-term playing field.
Thomas Built Buses Jouley Electric School Buses
Rapid transformation of public fleets to all-electric
This is something that is seen by the task force as another possibility and does not require the support of Congress. “We will reduce harmful air pollution and protect our children’s health by shifting an entire fleet of 500,000 school buses to non-emitting alternative vehicles,” policy makers said. US production within 5 years.
More charging infrastructure
Biden’s plan aims to create “at least 500,000 public charging stations from coast to coast,” through partnership with local and state governments.
Detroit city, by jdurchen [Flickr]
Less charging deserts and “energy poor”
The Biden Task Force aims to “develop a national strategy to alleviate energy poverty, including lack of electricity access in rural areas and reduce disparities in energy burden” . You can bet there will be a stronger focus on recharging and clean energy for the people who would otherwise be left behind, including many in urban areas.
Cleaner grid for rural America
The task force notes that the Biden administration will increase “federal support for building sustainable and resilient energy grids in rural US and in poor tribal areas. energy infrastructure ”. Those are some of the key goals of the Obama-era Clean Energy Plan, to be replaced by Trump’s weaker Affordable Clean Energy rule, which some analysis is expected to increase home emissions. glasses compared to normal business scenario. While reverting to the complexity of the Clean Power Plan may no longer be feasible, some of its goals can be restored.
Tesla Gigafactory 2, Buffalo NY
Financial support for electric vehicle production transition
This is a category where, with the support of the Biden administration, lawmakers can easily withdraw – outlined in the task force’s documents to offer large programs or the funding “to build. new or retrofit existing US facilities to manufacture electric vehicles, including heavy trucks, school buses, transfer buses, aircraft, etc. ”
Nurturing America’s smaller electric car companies
The Biden Task Force intends to increase investment in innovation hubs and work towards “expanding support to small manufacturers looking to grow and link with global supply chains”. It’s hard to imagine that this wouldn’t be a good thing for EV competitors planning to build cars in the US, like Lucid, Rivian and Lordstown.
Screenshot of the Rivian factory
Return to tariff stability
From the second point of view, we cannot expect the Biden administration to return to much of the tariff negotiations conducted under the Trump administration, but we can expect it to be much more even and less of a failure. More likely – potentially good news for both the German Auto Industry and other carmakers looking to selectively source some low-volume models from China as part of the trade balance . A legacy of the Trump administration, however, is likely that more cars – and the most technologically advanced vehicles – will be made in the United States.
Wildcard: Changing the way automakers react
Several automakers have sided with California and have said they could more easily meet revised state standards that better match those of Obama-Biden, while automakers The other sided with the Trump administration through the process of loosening the rules that disagreed with the EPA findings. With the abandonment of the restored Clean Air Act, this will be interesting to watch – especially as some automakers might try to rewrite their recent history.