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7 States Against Banning Gas Car & Diesel Engines

7 States Against Banning Gas Car & Diesel Engines

According to a recent poll conducted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a prominent trade association in the fuel industry, it has been found that seven states are against the implementation of gas car bans.

Recent polling data from key battleground states including Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin reveals that a majority of registered and likely general election voters are against government initiatives to prohibit the sale of new gas cars and enforce electric vehicle mandates.

A recent national poll reveals that a majority of likely 2024 general election voters are against the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal. The proposal aims to mandate that almost 70% of new cars sold in the United States be electric rather than gas-powered.

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The results of the survey are as follows. The figures show the percentage of people against the bill that could potentially ban diesel engines and gas-powered cars and vehicles.

  • Arizona: 61%
  • Michigan: 87%
  • Montana: 74%
  • Nevada: 61%
  • Ohio: 66%
  • Pennsylvania: 57%
  • Wisconsin: 64%

61% of Independents express opposition. Within the Republican party, the figure stands at 87%. In Michigan, a significant majority of individuals who align themselves with the Democratic party, as well as Independents, are against bans.

President Joe Biden aims for 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030. Michigan is significantly lagging behind its target of achieving 2 million EVs by 2030, with a shortfall of 1.9 million vehicles. Many consumers have been hesitant to embrace EVs due to concerns about range anxiety, limited charging networks, and higher upfront costs.

Over 1,300 workers have been laid off by General Motors, while an additional 5,000 employees have accepted buyouts as part of the company’s transition to electric vehicles. A Ford Motor Co. site in Marshall, Michigan was scheduled to receive a substantial subsidy of $1.75 billion.

This included $630 million for site infrastructure development, $772 million in tax credits over 15 years, a $120 million grant through the Michigan Strategic Site Readiness Program, a $210 million grant through the Michigan Critical Industry Program, and $36 million through the Jobs for Michigan Investment Fund Loan Program.

However, due to weak demand for electric vehicles, the site had to make the difficult decision to cut 800 jobs. Lawmakers in the United States have called for an investigation into the supply chain of the Marshall plant.

They have raised concerns that four companies may be providing goods and services to entities such as the People’s Liberation Army, the North Korean government, China’s Ministry of Public Security, companies involved in the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, and companies that are already on the Commerce Entity List.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has put forth a $25 million program that aims to provide a $2,000 incentive for purchasing an electric vehicle, with an additional $500 bonus for vehicles that are union-made.

Advocates of electric vehicles argue that transitioning to EVs can help decrease pollution, result in long-term cost savings due to reduced oil changes and maintenance, and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.

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