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Ongoing Discussion
By Joel Levin
Executive Director, Plug In America
Please respond to the discussion questions by adding your comment to one of the linked comment threads below:
  • Question 1: What are the largest barriers to electric vehicle adoption in the United States?
  • Question 2: Which policies are most effective to encourage more Americans to switch to zero-emission vehicles?
  • Question 3: Should the federal government be doing more to incentivize electric vehicles?
Responding to Question 2: What policies are most effective...?
" It depends how serious we are about addressing climate change. If we want to nibble around the edges, we can extend EV tax credits, subsidize charging infrastructure, etc. If we want to be serious, we can—like other nations have already done—ban ICE [internal combustion engine] vehicles starting sometime in this decade. "
- Dan Miller , Managing Director, The Roda Group
"In general, we support legislation banning the registration of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Some groups and legislators are looking at 2030 as a timeline that could be feasible. Cities in Europe and other places around the world have similarly passed bans on diesel cars and trucks, but not yet on all ICE vehicles. In regards to carbon fees, a near-term, helpful policy to pass would be to have a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in all U.S. states." - Joel Levin , Executive Director, Plug In America
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Resources for the Future
April 13, 2020
Congressional Research Service
April 14, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Update from Congress

  • Upcoming - Join the House Natural Resources Committee for a virtual roundtable in partnership with Rep. Donald A. McEachin (D-VA-4) this Thursday, April 23, 1 p.m. ET, to hear from environmental justice leaders on how coronavirus is laying bare our country’s inequalities and what can be done to fix them.

  • Thurs, April 16 - Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released a statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to lower standards on mercury and other toxic metals from coal and oil power plants. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, also released a statement.

  • Wed, April 15 - Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued a statement in support of granting biorefineries relief during the COVID-19 emergency.
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Source: Axios . WTI = West Texas Intermediate, a grade of crude oil used as a benchmark in oil pricing.
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