Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware urged the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict anti-pollution standards that would end sales of new, gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
Carper, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan late Thursday, imploring the agency to apply California’s fuel and efficiency standards and arguing that U.S. leadership on green technology will “encourage” businesses to invest in the United States rather than China, according to the Associated Press.
The senator reportedly asked the agency to follow a deal reached between California and multiple automakers that would raise the average vehicle fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2026. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
At the time of publication, Carper’s office had not responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for additional comment.