WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis (both R-WY) voted in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Biden administration’s egregious rule regarding emission standards for heavy-duty trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the cost to install the new required technology will be up to $8,304 per vehicle, which would be detrimental to the trucking industry people in Wyoming rely on for everyday goods and services.
“The Senate voted to stop more of the Biden administration’s federal government overreach,”said Senator Barrasso. “The president wants to continue choking hardworking Americans with Washington red-tape. Now, he’s coming after the trucking industry and small business owners that move our economy. Families across Wyoming cannot afford higher food prices and more supply chain delays in exchange for Biden’s green dream. The president needs to stop trying to impose this misguided rule on America’s truckers and small businesses.”
“The government’s top priority right now needs to be finding ways to lower costs and a massive Green New Deal tax on truckers is going to do the exact opposite,” said Senator Lummis. “How on earth is an independent trucker in Wyoming supposed to afford an $8,304 surprise bill from President Biden? This tax is especially brutal for people in rural Wyoming who rely on trucks to bring them groceries, gas and supplies because a price hike on truckers means a price hike on consumers.”
In February, Barrasso and Lummis cosponsored this CRA resolution led by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE). Last November, the senators also signed a letter pushing the EPA to avoid implementing such harsh emissions regulations to preserve Wyoming’s crucial trucking industry and keep our supply chain intact.
- The rule’s new standards cover nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other air pollutants including particulate matter (PM), hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide (CO).
- The rule also would change requirements regarding emission control systems and emission-related warranties.
- The EPA estimated the technology required to meet the new rule’s standards will cost between $2,568 and $8,304 per vehicle.
- Existing regulations on trucks have already resulted in a decrease in NOx emissions between 98% and 99% compared to models from the late 1990s.