House Committee Approves Internal Combustion Bill

The bill focuses on maintaining consumer choice.

August 04, 2023

A panel in the House of Representatives approved a bill that would block efforts to cease the sales of internal combustion engines. It is a response to California’s Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) rule unanimously supported by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The CARB-sponsored ACF rule requires all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sold or registered in the state to be zero-emission by 2036, with all trucks to be zero-emission by 2042, according to Commercial Carrier Journal.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Joyce (R-PA) and supported by the Energy and Commerce Committee, would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing waivers that ban the sale or use of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, including commercial vehicles. Those specific federal waivers are required for some of California’s plans to reduce ICE vehicles in fleets and on the roads, according to Transport Topics News.

“California regulators shouldn’t have the power to determine what vehicles are sold to families in Pennsylvania,” Joyce said shortly after the bill’s approval. “One state should not be able to set national policy, and Americans should not be forced into making purchases they are unable to afford.”

Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) endorsed the bill, saying “The federal government should not be picking winners and losers that determine which kind of cars Americans drive—whether that’s a gas and diesel car or an electric vehicle.”

American Trucking Association also supported the bill: “ATA believes we must set national, achievable and realistic targets and timelines along the way to our shared goal of zero emissions. Those efforts must be made through a lens of technology neutrality, allowing innovation to provide a wide range of solutions that meet the diverse needs of the trucking industry,” said ATA executive vice president of advocacy Bill Sullivan.