Fox News host Harris Faulkner engaged in a heated debate with talk show host Richard Fowler over new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that aimed at motor vehicles. The EPA’s new standards aim to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that cause smog and soot while simultaneously promoting the sales of electric vehicles. The White House released a fact sheet on this on Wednesday.
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However, Richard Fowler attempted to defend these new policies, and Faulkner shut them down. Fowler argued, “What they’re doing is they’re encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles. Already, we’re seeing an uptick in purchases to electric vehicles as it is.”
Faulkner wasn’t having any of it and pointed out that only six percent of Americans currently own EVs, with only a slight increase in sales over the next few years. With the base cost of electric vehicles being $64,000, there is no evidence that this push is going to make any real difference for Americans.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of having half of all light trucks and passenger vehicles be electric by 2030, while all heavy and medium trucks to be “zero-emission” by 2040. The Biden administration also aims to make all government-purchased vehicles electric by 2035.
Despite President Biden’s push for EVs, the EPA made a decision blocking the mining of 1.4 billion tons of copper, gold, molybdenum, silver and rhenium in Alaska in order to protect salmon. Unfortunately, some of these resources are critical for EV production, which slows down progress on achieving the President’s goal.
Overall, it seems that the EPA is pushing environmentally-friendly policies without taking into account the economic impact of their regulations. Faulkner’s criticisms of the importance of EVs and the lack of evidence surrounding their environmental impact seem to have fallen on deaf ears. We will wait and see how this policy impacts Americans in the years to come.