Cole Supports Americans’ Choice in Purchasing Vehicles

September 14, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives with Cole’s support. H.R. 1435 would amend the Clean Air Act (CAA) to prevent the elimination of the sale of internal combustion engines.

“Democrats’ radical green energy agenda has not only cost thousands of U.S. jobs, caused energy prices to skyrocket and has put our national security at risk, but now some states are looking to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in coming years,” said Cole.

“These outrageous bans would force hardworking Americans to give up the cars that fit within their budget, or have potentially already paid off, and buy expensive electric-powered vehicles instead, which cost $17,000 more on average. It would also limit Americans’ choices in the future when selecting a vehicle that best meets their needs and the needs of their businesses. The choice of owning an electric vehicle or not should be up to the individual, not bureaucrats in Washington or California. I was proud to support this critical legislation to protect the roughly 300 million Americans who own gasoline-powered cars.”