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SarahD

(1,732 posts)
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 11:32 PM Feb 2024

Gas guzzlers not giving up.

We don't have the infrastructure to make a massive shift to electric vehicles. This pretty.much leaves no choice but to prolong the transition. Yes, it sucks. Our government needs to get busy with charging stations and other infrastructure. Congress is the problem, of course, because they are so easily intimidated or paid off. I hope Biden is just delaying and not giving up permanently

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/18/politics/emissions-rules-ev-growth-biden-administration/index.html

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Gas guzzlers not giving up. (Original Post) SarahD Feb 2024 OP
I'm sure he's not giving up. TwilightZone Feb 2024 #1
It's just a slight delay... Think. Again. Feb 2024 #2
I wish the transition would hurry up... 2naSalit Feb 2024 #3

TwilightZone

(26,115 posts)
1. I'm sure he's not giving up.
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 11:41 PM
Feb 2024

The initial goals were really assertive, and I think the pandemic and the crazy run on new and used cars it generated probably introduced some unforeseen variables.

It sounds like the delay may not change the big picture.

"However, one source familiar with the plan said the EPA emissions rule will ultimately reduce nearly as much emissions as the original proposal – it will do it gradually and build in more flexibility for automakers in the beginning."

As you noted, infrastructure is an issue, and it's a much larger one than many want to admit. To really push EV acceptance, that's going to need to improve significantly, especially in areas currently underserved. As the charging technology continues to change, infrastructure will also need to adapt.

Think. Again.

(12,255 posts)
2. It's just a slight delay...
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 11:46 PM
Feb 2024

...and you're right, the infrastructure build-out is taking too long, despite the funding the Biden administration has made available, but the fossil fuel industry is determined to slow down the end of their business as long as they can, and they're throwing a LOT of money around to do that.

It took a while to go from horse and buggy to automobile too, but this time, the slower we go, the worse we will suffer for it in the near future.

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