The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to prevent the White House from enacting proposed emissions restrictions, reports Reuters.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed regulations would require 67% of new vehicles to be electric by 2032. The move has been opposed by auto manufacturers, dealers, and the United Auto Workers union.
The standards for 2027-2032 are estimated by the EPA to eliminate nine billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions through 2055. The finalized rules are expected to be released early next year.
The House voted 221 to 197 to stop the regulation from proceeding, with five Democrats joining 216 Republicans. The White House has threatened to respond with a veto, arguing that it will affect the EPA’s ability to issue automotive regulations.
“While EVs may play a large role in the future of the auto industry, Washington should not discount other technologies like hydrogen, hybrids, and the internal combustion engine,” argued Republican Tim Walberg.