CLAIM: President Joe Biden said “Diesel [from school buses] pollutes the air … and causes our students to miss school.”
VERDICT: PARTLY FALSE. Older diesel engines can cause respiratory problems, but newer ones have far lower risks.
President Joe Biden used an appearance Wednesday in Crystal Lake, Illinois, to tout the “bipartisan” infrastructure deal he reached last month with Republicans — though it is no longer clear the deal is viable, since he also wants to use the Democrats’ control of the Senate to raise taxes and to spend on left-wing programs that Republicans specifically rejected.
Biden repeated a claim he made last month in Wisconsin: that the nation needs electric buses to keep kids in school:
This deal is also going to help our cities, our towns, our school districts deploy electric buses. … [T]here are about 475,000 school buses in this country, 95 percent of them