President-Elect Biden has not named an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. The three front-runners are Colin O'Mara, who runs the National Wildlife Federation, Mary Nichols who runs the California Air Resources Board, and former Region 4 (southeast) EPA Administrator Heather McTeer Toney.
O'Mara has expressed skepticism of corn-ethanol but support for advanced biofuels. Nichols is a staunch electric vehicle proponent who has a mixed record of recognizing the essential role that businesses and market-oriented incentives can play in commercializing alternative fuels. Toney's perspective on fuel issues is less well-known.
All of these candidates can be expected to aggressively support EV incentives.
It is positive that President-Elect Biden appears to be focusing on mayors to lead U.S. Department of Transportation (as opposed to former state DOT commissioners). Mayors tend to be more familiar with the tax benefits that businesses such as travel centers can bring to their communities and they should generally be more suspicious of policies such as tolling and rest area commercialization because such policies hurt local communities.
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