WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, late Thursday proposed an $454 billion plan over 10 years to help shift away from the United States of america, diesel-powered vehicles through the provision of cash and vouchers to help Americans to buy cleaner-burning vehicles.
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Schumer said in a statement that its plan, which would provide rebates of $ 3,000 or more up to the individual buyer, it would help with the transition of 25 percent of the U.S. fleet, and 63 million of the vehicles, to get away from the traditional internal combustion engine vehicles within 10 years.
The plan was to take the key to reducing the impact of climate change, Schumer said, noting that the transportation sector accounts for nearly one-third of the U.S. carbon output.
The plan would award $392 billion in subsidies to the owners of gasoline-powered vehicles, with at least eight years of age, and in a running condition to swap for an electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell cars, ” the statement said. However, the old vehicles would have to be torn down.
The proposal comes as both the Democrats and the Republicans are looking to gain the support of the auto workers are in a key Midwestern swing states, that could be the key in order to determine whether or not the President when He was voted out of office and who controls Congress in the November 2020 election.
Car buyers might get rebates ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 or more, and an additional $2,000 for low-income buyers for the purchase of AMERICAN vehicles, Schumer said.
The plan is to “reduce the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from cars on the road, thousands and thousands of good-paying jobs and accelerate the transition to a net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century,” Schumer said.
It would be to adopt rules similar to that in 2009 about $3 billion “Cash for Clunkers” plan, which sought to stimulate U.S. auto sales.
Schumer’s proposal would be $45 billion in additional EV charging stations, and $17 billion in incentives for auto manufacturers to build new plants or retool existing ones to fit a zero-emissions vehicle, or the charging of equipment with a goal that by the year 2040, “all the vehicles on the road should be kept clean.”
In August, 2018, the Trump, the administration proposed rolling back Obama-era fuel-efficiency is achieved by means of 2026, but the “preference” would be to increase U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 barrels per day. The administration is expected to complete its draft by the end of this year.
Schumer said his proposal has the support of environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters, and unions.
Ford Motor Co (F. N) and General Motors Co. (GM.S), who are both spending billions to develop electric vehicles, said she appreciated Schumer’s efforts, GM prices in the attempt to “take power by providing much-needed investment in the infrastructure and consumer incentives, and the promotion of the American electric vehicle manufacturing.”
United Auto Workers President, Gary Jones, said in a statement that Schumer’s proposal “to honor the sweat and sacrifice of U.s. autoworkers to invest in the domestic manufacture of electric vehicles and the promotion of high-quality jobs in the automotive supply chain as a whole.”
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler