It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

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It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

5 Clean Cars Investments Congress Must Include in Reconciliation to Meet President Biden’s Commitments

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Transportation contributes more pollution to the climate crisis than any other sector of the American economy, responsible for 29% of our overall greenhouse gas pollution in 2019. And within the transportation sector, light duty vehicles—cars and trucks—make up well over half of the pollution. This means passenger cars are the most climate-polluting part of the most climate-polluting sector of the economy. But we can change that.

Clean car investments are crucial for addressing the climate crisis and meeting President Biden’s climate commitments. In fact, swift deployment of clean cars could get us nearly a quarter of the way to President Biden’s pledge of a 50-52% reduction in domestic greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. Robust EV investments would be the second greatest driver of decarbonization in the reconciliation bill, after a Clean Electricity Standard. 

Clean car investments provide a critical opportunity to combat the climate crisis, address pollution in disadvantaged communities, dominate the global EV market, and build a clean energy economy with millions of jobs.

In addition to their climate benefits, clean cars present several other critical opportunities—they can reduce toxic air pollution that disproportionately sickens communities of color, and kickstart a manufacturing revolution that puts Americans to work in good-paying jobs and provides a better product to all consumers. And electric vehicles can give every American driver their own energy independence, freeing them from ever having to fill up at the gas station pump again.

To realize these opportunities, Democrats in Congress must pass robust clean car investments this summer. Investments in the 5 areas below, coupled with the administration’s full use of existing regulatory authorities, can build America’s clean car future: 

  1. Equitable Consumer Incentives for Electric Vehicles
  2. Clean Car Manufacturing 
  3. Clean Car Charging Infrastructure
  4. Federal Fleet Procurement
  5. Clean Electricity

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress cannot settle for less than what is necessary. Driving toward a future of clean cars—a future with less pollution and more jobs—requires bold and ambitious investments, immediately. This memo explains what Congress must do, and why.