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Greens Fear Biden Will Go Easy on Automakers Over Emissions

  • EPA could model auto standards rewrite on California pact
  • Approach falls short of pollution curbs Obama charted in 2012

Environmentalists are increasingly worried the Biden administration will yield in coming days to automaker pressure and adopt modest limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars, instead of the strict standards they say are necessary to combat climate change.

The requirements set to be proposed by the end of the month are the linchpin of the administration’s efforts to limit planet-warming pollution from the transportation sector that is now the leading U.S. source of greenhouse gases. Yet automobile companies have persuasively lobbied the Biden administration to adopt an industry-friendly approach negotiated with California that gives extra credit to electric vehicles.