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Steve Marshall joins 26-State Coalition Challenging Biden's Latest Electric Vehicle Mandate

Last Thursday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) announced that he has joined Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to announce legal action against the Biden Administration's latest attempt to drive gas-powered cars off the road.

Attorney General Marshall is joining the 26-state effort to block the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) strict fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The Biden Administration's new rule requires that car manufacturers in this country dramatically increase the average fuel economy of passenger cars. Of course, this economy crippling legislation goes into effect after Biden's hoped for second term as President.

The attorneys general say that the new regulation imposes unworkable standards that leverage the weight of the federal government to require auto manufacturers to produce more electric vehicles – artificially depriving Americans with the right to choose what vehicles they purchase. The forced transition to electric vehicles would bypass the free market while increasing costs on families and undermining the reliability of the already stressed electric grid.

"The Biden Administration says that its new fuel-efficiency rule gives Americans 'more choice' and promotes 'energy independence,' when the truth is exactly the opposite," Attorney General Steve Marshall said. "This is a continuation of the Biden Administration's war against American energy, and the American people are feeling the effects. With gas prices rising and new regulations piling up on manufacturers, consumers end up paying the price during a time of unprecedented inflation."

Alabama joined the Kentucky and West Virginia-led challenge, along with Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

The challenge was filed in the Sixth Circuit.

President Joseph R. Biden (D) defended his controversial climate policies during the Presidential debate on Thursday night.

"He had not done a damn thing with the environment," Biden said of Trump. "He –(got us) out of the Paris Peace Accord – Climate Accord, I immediately joined it, because if we reach for 1.5 degrees Celsius at any one point, well, there is no way back. The only existential threat to humanity is climate change. And he didn't do a damn thing about it. He wants to undo all that I've done."

"The idea is that we, in fact – we were the only ones of consequence or not," Biden continued. "We're not members of the Paris Accord. How can we do anything we're not able to, the United States can't get this under control? (We are) One of the largest polluters in the world. Number one, we're making significant progress. By 2035, we will have cut pollution in half. We have – we have made significant progress. And we're continuing to make progress. We set up a Climate Corps for thousands of young people (who) will learn how to deal with climate, just like the Peace Corps. And we're going to – we're moving in directions that are going to significantly change the elements of the cause of pollution."

Steve Marshall has served as Attorney General since 2017.

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