Senate Republicans Raise Alarm Over Biden Highway Nominee

Senate Republicans are raising the alarm over President Joe Biden’s choice to head the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA), who has a track record of fringe positions on climate issues.
In a letter (pdf) led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Republicans warned of nominee Ann Carlson’s “past record of promoting green energy mandates for the automobile industry.” Carlson is currently the acting head of the NHTSA, and needs Senate authorization to take up the post on a more permanent basis.
A recent rule proposed by the EPA would dramatically increase the number of new electric vehicles (EVs) to 60 percent of all new cars by 2030—a tenfold increase over current levels that Republicans say is too much. They tied their opposition to Carlson to her potential support for this and similar measures….

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