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Rush Introduces Legislation To Slash Transportation Emissions, Promote Use of EVs

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced legislation to electrify America's transportation network and advance the domestic manufacturing and use of electric vehicles. H.R. 2852, the New Opportunities to Expand Healthy Air Using Sustainable Transportation (NO EXHAUST) Act of 2021, would authorize more than $7 billion each year in grants and rebates over the next decade for states to implement electric vehicle networks, improving air quality and creating jobs. Earlier today, Congressman Rush and the Subcommittee on Energy announced a legislative hearing next Wednesday, May 5, that will focus on Congressman Rush's NO EXHAUST Act and other solutions to decarbonize the transportation sector.

"Our transportation sector is the number one offender when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, producing nearly thirty percent of total emissions in the United States. In Chicago, these emissions mean hotter summers, a more vulnerable shoreline, and an alarming prevalence of public health issues related to pollution," said Rush.

"Any serious efforts to address the climate crisis must include a focus on transforming our transportation system. That's why I am proud to introduce the NO EXHAUST Act, a comprehensive package of bills that will drastically reduce transportation emissions and bring us closer to the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 set out in my CLEAN Future Act and supported by the Biden administration. This legislation also includes dedicated funding for the deployment of electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities, ensuring that these communities — historically burdened by pollution and under-investment — are well-positioned to benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy."

Electric vehicle sales have increased tremendously over the past decade, and in 2020, more than 3 million electric cars were sold worldwide.

The NO EXHAUST Act of 2021 authorizes the following in grants to state and local governments and private entities for fiscal years 2022 through 2031:

  • $2 billion per year for the deployment of electric vehicle charging equipment;
  • $2.5 billion per year for large-scale projects to electrify the transportation sector;
  • $2.5 billion per year to accelerate the domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles;
  • $100 million per year for a program providing rebates to eligible entities that install publicly accessible electric vehicle supply equipment.
  • $96 million per year for the deployment of electric vehicles in disadvantaged and under-served communities.

This bill also directs the Secretary of Energy to give priority to grant applicants that include written assurance that all laborers working on projects will be paid prevailing wages. Rush introduced similar legislation last year.

The full text of the NO EXHAUST Act is available HERE.

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