WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2023: Today, AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials on legislation aimed at preserving U.S. energy security and Americans’ ability to purchase the fuels and vehicles of their choosing while continuing to move the transportation sector in a more efficient and less carbon intensive direction. Two of the bills, specifically, aim to rein in regulatory efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California to effectively ban new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles in roughly the next decade.
AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson presents his opening statement to members of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials.
During the hearing, Chet also emphasized EPA’s lack of authority to pursue a de facto ban on new gasoline and diesel vehicles and stressed that consumer choice is essential in transportation policy.
Chet takes a question from Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers addressing consumer choice and EPA’s lack of authority to impose a de facto ban on new gasoline and diesel vehicles.
He discussed AFPM’s commitment to more efficient transportation and how all vehicle and fuel technologies need to be able to compete to deliver carbon reductions on a lifecycle basis (video). He also acknowledged the importance of policy signals and why EPA and the State of California shouldn’t trade U.S. energy security for greater dependence on an EV supply chain controlled by China (video).
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is the leading trade association representing the makers of the fuels that keep us moving, the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life, and the midstream companies that get our feedstocks and products where they need to go. We make the products that make life better, safer and more sustainable — we make progress.