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Biden’s highway climate mandate struck down by judge: ‘The rule was unauthorized’

A U.S. judge ruled against the Biden administration in a decision about a highway climate rule on Wednesday.

The rule was issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in December 2023. It requires states to measure and report the greenhouse gas emissions from any vehicles using the U.S. highway system.

The rule also asked states to establish declining carbon dioxide targets, and to report back about progress on those goals. Texas sued the DOT in response.

U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix, a Trump appointee, ruled in favor of Texas and wrote on Wednesday that “the rule was unauthorized.”

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While issuing the rule three months ago, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that it “will provide states with a clear and consistent framework to track carbon pollution and the flexibility to set their own climate targets.”

In a December statement, the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that the DOT “does not have the statutory authority to institute such a rule, and the mandate violates the Administrative Procedure Act.”

“Further, the rule is arbitrary and capricious and violates the Spending Clause by impermissibly restricting the use of federal funds by requiring TxDOT to implement the greenhouse gas measure.”

CALIFORNIA’S GRID FACES COLLAPSE AS LEADERS PUSH RENEWABLES, ELECTRIC VEHICLES, EXPERTS SAY

Texas is also suing the Biden administration over a climate-related reason in a separate lawsuit. Last week, a group of 16 Republican states filed a lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE)’s pause of major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal projects.

“Biden’s unilateral decree disregards statutory mandates, flouts the legal process, upends the oil and gas industry, disrupts the Texas economy, and subverts our constitutional structure,” Paxton said on Mar. 21.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the DOT for comment.

Reuters and Fox News Digital’s Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.

West Coast elites in LeBron and JLo’s neighborhood enraged over squatting in $5M mansion

Wealthy Californians in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Beverly Hills are reportedly enraged after a $5 million home was invaded by squatters and became a source of rowdy parties. 

Beverly Grove is home to the elite of the elite in California. A-list celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James, entrepreneurs, hedge-fund investors, heiresses, and studio executives own homes in the quiet cul-de-sac. That was until squatters invaded in October and locals started complaining about them allegedly throwing “wild parties” with “cocaine and orgies.” 

The neighbors are getting fed up, including reportedly James, according to a report in New York Magazine’s Curbed

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“One of the neighbors got in touch with LeBron James’s house manager. They were told James was very concerned,” the report said. 

A tech entrepreneur, Rick Rankin, who lived nearby said, “I wasn’t born yesterday. They’re jittery; their eyes are spinning. They were clearly on something.” 

The report referenced an unnamed “producer” who questioned, “Who the f— are these people squatting in the most exclusive Zip Code in America?”

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At one point, the producer confronted the squatters, one of whom brazenly greeted him saying, “Hi, I’m your new neighbor,” when he brought police over to the residence. 

“You’re not my new neighbor. Go f— yourself,” the producer responded. 

LANDLORD DESCRIBES ‘FILTHY,’ ‘GUT-WRENCHING’ DISCOVERY FROM ‘ONLYFANS INFLUENCER’ SQUATTER

The ordeal began when a real estate agent of a $5M home, John A. Woodward IV, was notified by one of the pool workers that a U-haul truck had pulled up. The agent immediately went to the property. He found that the locks had been changed and the FOR SALE sign was gone. 

Police then informed Woodward that their hands were tied because it was a “civil matter” since squatters produced what they claimed was a rental agreement. 

According to the report, the locals are fired up – complaining every single day among themselves about the squatters and haranguing the association to do something about it. 

“The neighbors heard through the grapevine that someone from the [George Gascón] DA’s office, apparently having heard about the situation at 1316, had said, ‘Squatters have rights.’ This set the group chat aflame. ‘Welcome to California,’ one wrote. ‘Thanks Liberals,’” Curbed reported. 

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According to USA TODAY, the sprawling residence was previously owned by an orthopedic surgeon, Munir Uwaydah, who fled to Lebanon after he was accused in the murder of his 21-year-old model girlfriend Julianna Redding.

These squatters have been here since October, charging rents for rooms and throwing massive parties all night long,” the real estate agent previously said. “I just want to get this house sold to satisfy the court.” 

Tiger Woods briefly reunites with ex-wife to celebrate their son’s state championship win

Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren were together again briefly Tuesday to celebrate their son Charlie and his state championship win in Florida.

The Benjamin School won the Class 1A state golf championship. The 15-year-old received a medal and a state championship ring. Photos showed Woods and Nordegren taking photos with Charlie.

It’s not the first time Woods and Nordegren were at the same place at the same time to support their son. Nordegren was at the Cognizant Classic pre-qualifier as Charlie tried in February to earn a spot in the PGA Tour event that happened later in the week.

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However, Charlie shot an 86 and was unable to compete in the tournament.

Tiger was also back in the spotlight last year when his ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman, filed a lawsuit against him, alleging sexual assault.

A source close to Nordegren at the time the lawsuit was filed in March 2023 told People magazine she had “no interest” in the legendary golfer’s personal life.

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“This aspect of Tiger’s life is not her concern,” the source close to Nordegren told the magazine. “She has no interest in his personal life or what happens with his various girlfriends. That part of her life was over a long time ago.”

Woods and Nordegren were a part of a high-profile split in 2010 when Woods revealed his infidelity following a single-vehicle crash near their Florida home. They have two children together, and the source told People their tensions have cooled in recent years for the sake of their children.

“She would never go back with him but likes that he is a good father. She has seen that over the years, which worked them into a good relationship. They co-parent pretty well,” the source told the magazine.

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“Of course, she needs to be very confident that the children are safe and happy around anyone that Tiger is with, especially if the romance becomes serious,” the source added. “To that degree, she is very interested. But not on much else.”

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Democratic leader has 2 words for Republicans looking to impeach DHS’ Mayorkas

Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., shared a brief post on social media Thursday evening, criticizing Republicans who are pushing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“Extreme MAGA Republicans are demanding a full impeachment trial in the Senate,” Jeffries wrote in a post on X. “They want to continue the phony political stunt targeting the Homeland Security Secretary.”

He added: “My response? Get lost.”

The post comes as the U.S. Senate is going to receive House-passed articles of impeachment against Mayorkas next month.

JOHNSON TO FORMALLY HAND MAYORKAS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES TO SENATE, URGES TRIAL ‘EXPEDITIOUSLY’

On Thursday, House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., notified Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that the House of Representatives would formally send over the impeachment articles to his chamber on April 10.

In his letter to Schumer, Johnson urged him to hold an impeachment trial “expeditiously.”

“As Speaker and impeachment managers of the U.S. House of Representatives, we write to inform you that we will present to you upon the Senate’s return, on April 10, 2024, the duly passed articles of impeachment regarding Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. We urge you to schedule a trial of the matter expeditiously,” Johnson wrote.

HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH DHS SECRETARY MAYORKAS OVER BORDER CRISIS

In February, all but three House Republicans voted to impeach Mayorkas over his handling, or mishandling as Republican content, of the U.S. southern border. It was the first time since 1876 that a cabinet secretary had been impeached.

Schumer‘s office told Fox News Digital that the Senate would initiate the impeachment trial once it receives the impeachment articles.

“As we have said previously, after the House impeachment managers present the articles of impeachment to the Senate, senators will be sworn in as jurors in the trial the next day. Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray will preside.”

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The trial is highly unlikely to result in a conviction.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind and Julia Johnson contributed to this report.

Feds investigating university program accused of racism against White people

Following a legal complaint, the Education Department of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened an investigation into a University of Wisconsin-Madison fellowship program that allegedly discriminates against White people.

Cornell University law professor and founder of the legal group Equal Protection Project (EPP), William Jacobson, revealed on Legal Insurrection the OCR began its investigation into the “Creando Comunidad: Community Engaged Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Fellows” fellowship program on Monday after the EPP filed a complaint against it in January.

Jacobson said, “The opening of an investigation by OCR is an important first step in bringing accountability to the university for a program that on its face discriminates in favor of ‘BIPOC’ students, a racial and ethnic categorization.”

The EPP founder also added, “The law requires equal protection for all students, regardless of race and ethnicity, and we hope that a full investigation and determination will uphold this principle.”

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The OCR confirmed the investigation had commenced in a letter sent to the EPP, which also provided a disclaimer, stating, “Please understand that opening an investigation does not mean that OCR has made a decision about the complaint.”

The university confirmed to Fox News Digital they are aware “that the Office of Civil Rights is responding to a complaint filed in January and will cooperate with the investigation.”

The university announced the opening of the program last August, describing it as a “cohort-based program that convenes monthly to connect undergraduate Students of Color who are currently, or striving to, participate in community engagement.”

The fellowship’s stated mission is to “center and empower the strengths of BIPOC undergraduate students partaking in critical community-engaged work as well as provide opportunities for community building, collaboration, support, and personal/professional development.”

Those who are accepted into the program are tasked with developing strategies for and participating in community building and mentorship. They will be required to “attend a total of seven, 90-minute cohort meetings” throughout the academic year and have to present their work on community engagement.

Each fellow will also receive “$500 in scholarship funds.”

Jacobson accused the fellowship of promoting “racial educational barriers,” and not only racializing itself “but the entire campus.”

“Sending a message to students that access to opportunities is dependent on race is damaging to the fabric of campus,” he told The Examiner. 

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His group’s complaint alleges that the fellowship is a violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Jacobson said, “The Equal Protection Project urges UW-Madison to publicly admit the error it made in conducting a racially discriminatory program, to apologize, to open the program to all students regardless of race or ethnicity, and to come up with a remedial plan to compensate students who were excluded unlawfully. If UW-Madison will not undertake such steps voluntarily, we hope that the Department of Education forces the university to take these steps.”

He added, “Our goal is to remove the racially discriminatory eligibility requirements for the program, not to eliminate the program entirely. Whether the Department of Education will penalize UW-Madison is to be determined, but in our view some sanction that imposes a cost on the University is warranted to send a message that flouting the law and the university’s own nondiscrimination rule is not acceptable.”

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Swimmers warned of spike in shark attacks at popular beach spot

Beachgoers from Santa Barbara to San Diego should be wary of a potential increase in shark attacks along the Southern California coastline, after a renowned program that monitors sharks’ whereabouts may cease.

The Shark Lab at California State University at Long Beach voiced concern that its state funding will be cut by June, and it is actively seeking to raise $7 million to keep its programs afloat.

“It’s getting pretty serious,” Shark Lab Director Chris Lowe told ABC7.

“We have enough money to carry us through June, but after that, if we don’t get more funding, we’re going to have to pull out all the equipment out of the water,” Lowe said. “We won’t be able to monitor sharks along California anymore.”

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The Shark Lab monitors hundreds of adult and juvenile sharks that swim along the Southern California coast.

The lab also issues an instant warning to lifeguards if a shark wanders too close to the shoreline.

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The Shark Lab, which began in 1966, has an impressive repertoire of receivers, buoys and underwater monitors that allow them to track and tag sharks.

The Shark Lab director voiced his disappointment that the loss of federal funding for the program may force the program to shutter its doors.

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“Everything that we learned from our science gets out to the public, and this is unique,” Lowe said. “It’s considered one of the best shark mitigation programs in the world.”

Evan Gershkovich marks one year imprisoned in Russia, ‘nightmare’ for loved ones

Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich only ever wanted to do his job and stay out of the spotlight. 

Now internationally famous as a political prisoner of Russia for exactly one year on dubious espionage charges, he’s won admirers worldwide for his strength of spirit, as his family, friends and colleagues remain devastated by his plight.

“It’s been a nightmare for us. One year is such a long period that Evan has been in jail,” his close friend Pjotr Sauer, a reporter at The Guardian, told Fox News Digital. “We all know these charges are completely bogus and we hope the White House will do everything it can.”

The 32-year-old Gershkovich has missed a full year of holidays, birthdays, family moments and journalism as he sits in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo Prison, only emerging for occasional token court appearances.

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Polina Ivanova, another close friend of Gershkovich who works for the Financial Times, said the one-year mark feels “completely surreal.”

“That’s 365 days that I’ve spent doing my job, being with friends, being with family, traveling, seeing the world, and 365 days that Evan has spent waking up every morning to the same set of gray walls, to the same routine, to the same schedule, to the same lack of basically anything vibrant or meaningful in his life, and that’s horrifying and devastating,” Ivanova told Fox News Digital. 

The Wall Street Journal has arranged numerous events in an effort to raise awareness of his situation. The paper coordinated a global social storm for the morning of the difficult 1-year mark, encouraging supporters to get involved. He began working for the newspaper in 2022 after stops at several other major outlets, including the New York Times and Moscow Times. 

“We are trying to raise even more visibility to his plight. So, we will have a big social media push with the hashtag #IStandWithEvan and we’d be grateful if anybody that felt so inclined would jump in and amplify that,” longtime Wall Street Journal editor Paul Beckett, who pivoted from overseeing the Washington bureau to focusing solely on securing the release of Gershkovich, told Fox News Digital. 

The WSJ is asking colleagues and supporters to organize photos that can be shared in coordination with the social media storm and offered printouts featuring #IStandWithEvan. Supporters can also download a variety of social cards to display across Instagram, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn, with custom images designed to meet each platform’s specific dimensions. 

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Gershkovich, the American-born son of Soviet immigrants, was detained on March 29, 2023, during a reporting trip in Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in Russia, and accused of being a spy. He was accredited by Russia’s Foreign Ministry to report in the country when he was arrested.

The U.S. government and Wall Street Journal have said that Russia’s allegation is absurd, as have his friends and colleagues. On Tuesday, a closed Russian court once again extended the detention and Gershkovich will remain in custody until at least June 30. 

He’s the first American journalist to be arrested on spying allegations since the Cold War, underscoring the rock-bottom relations between the U.S. and Russia. In the past year, Gershkovich has been on the cover of TIME Magazine and mentioned in the State of the Union address by President Biden. But he’s never desired fame, friends say, and certainly not under these tragic circumstances.

Sauer is proud that Gershkovich has remained strong despite spending 365 days in Lefortovo, the site of many executions during the Great Purge under dictator Joseph Stalin. One Russian journalist who was interrogated there repeatedly before fleeing the country in 2020 told Fox News Digital it is designed to isolate and psychologically wear down its inmates.

“He’s not broken, they haven’t broken him, he keeps his hopes up, he both physically and mentally is in good spirits, so that’s incredibly inspiring to see,” Sauer said. 

“He reads a lot, he keeps his mind busy, he plays chess with his father over letters. He keeps curious. He wants to know how I’m doing, how his friends are doing, [he’s] able to send gifts whenever someone has a birthday, he’s very thoughtful in sending flowers through friends,” Sauer added. “He made sure I got my letter on my birthday from him. He wants to still be part of our daily lives, and he’s frankly curious. He reads articles we send him about current affairs.” 

Another friend, journalist Masha Borzunova, said she’s aware any correspondence she has with Evan goes through Russian censorship, but she still tries to show him he’s not alone. She also noted that he has remembered special events in friends’ lives even during his ordeal.

“This is Evan: sometimes I feel that he takes care of me even now when he’s in prison,” she told Fox News Digital. “And I try to take care of him. Going through this I feel that we’ve become even closer.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL HOPES ONE-YEAR MARK IS ‘LAST MILESTONE’ THAT EVAN GERSHKOVICH SPENDS IN RUSSIAN PRISON

Borzunova, who was forced to flee the country in 2022 because of possible arrest due to reports on Russian propaganda, said Evan knew the dangers of practicing journalism in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and did it anyway.

“He really understands Russia, and I saw how important it was for him to tell a true story,” she wrote in a message, adding he simply put too much faith in his accreditation to protect him. “Now we see that we were wrong: nothing can protect you in a country where authorities try to hide the real situation and journalism is almost banned. Evan is in prison only for doing his job.”

Sauer has deep admiration for Evan’s parents, Mikhail Gershkovich and Ella Milman, who have been publicly advocating for his release. Gershkovich’s fascination with Russian culture and desire to cover the country stemmed from his background, adding a cruel irony to being imprisoned by a nation he loved. 

“They left the Soviet Union and now their son is in jail in Russia, which is an incredibly difficult situation for them,” Sauer said.

Ivanova said the somber anniversary is something Gershkovich’s friends are still trying to wrap their heads around. Some of his friends in Europe will gather in Berlin this weekend to toast him, while his New York City pals have similar plans. 

Ivanova said the 1-year mark of being wrongly detained by Russia should “sharpen people’s minds and focus minds on the need to secure Evan’s release.”

“I hope that it will make them stop and think about what they’ve done in the past 365 days, all the life that has been lived in that time, and just how important it is to get Evan out as soon as possible, and that every single day that we add to that counter is just a day he hasn’t been with his friends, a day he hasn’t been with his family,” Ivanova said. 

“It is a date that is important not just because it’s a year,” she continued. “I really hope that people stop and think what that means in terms of their own lives and try and imagine having lost that whole year of time, because they’re being kept hostage by the Russian state.”

The WSJ hosted a 24-hour read-a-thon for Gershkovich earlier this week in which colleagues, friends and loved ones gathered in New York City and London to read his work. On Wednesday, the paper arranged a global “Run for Evan” event and a similar “Swim for Evan” event took place last week. 

Gershkovich has appeared remarkably upbeat, often even smiling, when seen in a glass cage used to enclose him during court appearances. 

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Jeremy Berke met Gershkovich roughly 15 years ago at Bowdoin College and developed a lasting friendship. They ended up living together as roommates in New York City for nearly two years after college, and Berke is part of a close-knit group that has worked to keep a spotlight on Gershkovich’s story. He feels the notion that Gershkovich could be some sort of spy is “ridiculous,” but said he was aware of risks associated with covering Putin’s regime. 

“Evan is an incredible person. He is the most gregarious, extroverted person I know… being in isolation, being in a notorious prison, notorious for the conditions in which inmates are treated. If anyone can handle that, and sort of retain their sanity throughout the process, it’s Evan,” Berke told Fox News Digital.

“He wasn’t naive to the risk that he put himself in in order to do his job. So, you know, I think on some level, he may have been prepared for this,” Berke continued. “All that being said, it’s been going on for far too long, and I think his mental state, his ability to crack a smile is through sheer force of will and effort on his part, because he’s been held in horrendous conditions for a year.” 

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Gershkovich’s buddies have spent a lot of time thinking about the first thing he’ll want to do once he comes home. 

Gershkovich is a passionate fan of the New York Mets and even had a mosaic of the team he made for a middle school art project proudly displayed in their Crown Heights apartment. Berke and others have tried to keep Gershkovich informed of all-things Mets through letters.

“I think he’s going to be around all his friends, he’s going to want a cold beer, and I think he’s going to want to go to a Mets game and just be home in New York with his friends and just celebrate life in ways that he was not able to during detention,” Berke said. 

Anyone interested in learning more about Gershkovich can visit WSJ.com/evan and FreeGershkovich.com.

FOX Nation recently debuted a new special “Prisoner of Putin” that details Gershkovich’s arrest and detainment in Russia.

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Several states planning to ban the sale of gas-powered cars as Biden fights climate change

Nine states are planning to ban new gasoline-powered vehicle sales by 2035 as part of an initiative to cut climate-warming emissions.

The Advanced Clean Cars II rules originated in California with the state Air Resources Board. The regulations in California look to phase out the sale of new gas vehicles beginning with the 2026 model year, scaling back over time until 2035 – when a total ban on the sales will go into effect.

Since the rules were first adopted in California in 2022, eight other states have followed suit, with several others considering the plan.

So far, the other states that have implemented the plan to hit the goal of selling zero new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 include Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware and Maryland.

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The rules do not stop residents in these states from owning or using gas-powered cars, nor do they force consumers to buy electric vehicles (EVs). Dealerships can still sell used cars powered by gas, and consumers in these states can purchase the gas-powered vehicles in other states – as long as they meet certain emissions standards. 

Not everyone, however, supports this effort.

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) led a campaign last year to try and stop New Jersey’s adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

Ray Cantor, the chief deputy government affairs officer at the NJBIA, told Fox News Digital in a statement that the plan ignores the cost to consumers and lack of current infrastructure.

“The ban on new gas-powered cars in such an expedited time does not take costs or feasibility into account,” Cantor said. “It does not take the lack of local and highway infrastructure into account. It does not take grid capacity into account. It ignores consumer choice. It doesn’t take New Jersey residents into account, especially low- and moderate-income families. And it doesn’t take the lack of actual environmental benefit into account.”

Cantor urged New Jersey to “apply the brakes” to what he called an obvious “bureaucratic overreach” before the mandate starts to affect consumers.

“There’s nothing wrong with working to reduce carbon emissions,” Cantor said. “And the marketplace would have likely seen a natural increase of EV users with an organic time frame to build appropriate capacities. But the near-term, targeted mandates will increase the prices of both new and used gas-powered cars.”

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In support of the action, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Terry Gray has called the rules a “major step” in the fight against climate change in the transportation sector.

“In terms of economic impact, states joining together to send a clear signal to the market will result in greater economies of scale, driving down the prices of ZEVs (zero-emission vehicles), and ensuring that Rhode Island dealers and customers have full access to electric vehicles,” Gray said.

The rules come as the Biden administration has sought to push the transportation sector from gas-powered vehicles to EVs as part of its climate agenda.

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its own plan to increase vehicle pollution standards that will impact car model years 2027 through 2032. 

If the EPA’s regulations are finalized, a staggering 67% of new sedan, crossover, SUV and light truck purchases could be electric by 2032, the White House projected. In addition, up to 50% of bus and garbage truck, 35% of short-haul freight tractor and 25% of long-haul freight tractor purchases could be electric by then.

However, the push toward EVs has faced multiple setbacks in the industry.

Earlier this month, Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr resigned after the car rental company’s big bet on EVs went bust due to its struggles to keep up with the higher repair cost and lower demand for EV rentals.

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Ford’s EV division, Ford Model e, posted a net loss of $4.7 billion last year — with $1.6 billion of that in the last quarter — and Ford’s chief financial officer John Lawler explained during the company’s earnings call last month that both “the quarter and year were impacted by challenging market dynamics and investments in next-generation vehicles.”

Fox News’ Thomas Catenacci and Eric Revell contributed to this report.

Woman banned from gym after complaining about biological man in locker room speaks out

Patricia Silva is vowing to keep up the fight for women after Planet Fitness revoked her membership for posting a video calling out a transgender woman found shaving in the women’s locker room.

“I’m here for the long haul. I am going to help make a difference, however that looks,” she told Fox News Digital on Wednesday. 

“I’m not afraid. The libs can threaten me all day long, and I just feel like I’ve got the armor of God on me. They cannot penetrate my soul. They can’t take my joy unless I give it to them, so that’s kind of where I’m at.”

Silva’s Planet Fitness membership was revoked after she alerted employees of the transgender member’s presence and subsequently recorded herself speaking about the ordeal that took place at the Fairbanks location earlier this month. 

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“I just came out of Planet Fitness, and there is a man shaving in the women’s bathroom,” she said in the first of multiple videos.

Silva said she “loves” the individual as “a spiritual being having a human experience.” But she was “not comfortable” with the individual shaving in her bathroom.

Silva’s video went viral and received massive support from many across social media and in her own community. Thrust into the spotlight, she said she can’t walk out her door without receiving a slew of stares or having someone approach her to voice their thankfulness that she is taking a stand. 

Online, Libs of TikTok’s X account pointed out Planet Fitness’s $400 million value decline from $5.3 billion to $4.9 billion after a few days had passed.

Others called for the company to receive the “Bud Light” treatment, adhering to conservatives’ “go woke, go broke” motto.

“I was a voice. That’s all I did. I have a voice, and I always use it,” she said, adding that she never expected the video to go viral, but she’s “certainly glad it did.” 

TEEN GIRL ACCUSED OF ‘HATE SPEECH’ AFTER PROTESTING TRANSGENDERS IN YMCA LOCKER ROOM: REPORT

Silva also snapped photos of the gym-goer she said made others uncomfortable as well. While she explained she took the video to bring “community awareness,” she said she took the photos to show law enforcement, but to no avail.

Planet Fitness later called Silva to notify her that her membership had been canceled. She said she asked the gym to explain how the individual was able to get past the desk and what kind of government ID they showed to verify they’re a woman?

She said the gym chalked it up to the individual’s “personal perspective.”

The response she reported coincides with policies outlined on the popular gym chain’s webpage outlining its policies concerning gender identity. 

“All members will have access to restroom and locker room facilities that correspond to their self-reported gender identity to the extent permitted by applicable law,” it reads.

A lengthier section on the same webpage spells out Planet Fitness’ expectations for members and employees to address those aligning with LGBTQ+ identities by their preferred pronouns and allow them to use facilities that correspond with their self-reported gender identity.

Planet Fitness previously confirmed that Silva’s membership was canceled for capturing photos and/or videos in the locker room, a policy violation. It also confirmed the individual who was videoed by Silva identified as transgender.

16-YEAR-OLD SAYS SHE WAS KICKED OFF SWIM TEAM FOR PROTESTING BIOLOGICAL MALES IN YMCA GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM

The gym chain’s chief corporate affairs officer McCall Gosselin, in a previous statement to Fox News Digital, clarified company policy on gender identity.

“As the home of the Judgement Free Zone, Planet Fitness is committed to creating an inclusive environment,” he said in the statement.

“Our gender identity non-discrimination policy, states that members and guests may use the gym facilities that best align with their sincere, self-reported gender identity. The member who posted on social media violated our mobile device policy that prohibits taking photos of individuals in the locker room, which resulted in their membership being terminated.” 

Silva also said, though she would never go back, she believes there’s a simple solution to the problem.

“It would be to create a third safe space for the transgender, non-binary… They have created this unsafe space for women,” she said.

To counter the support she has received, she has also been met with threats and criticism.

“I’ve had the far left… they threatened me, and they threatened to come to my driveway,” she said.

“And the truth is, we are a concealed carry permitted state [Alaska], and we know how to protect ourselves, and these people know not to cross boundaries, but they have threatened my family.”

When asked what’s driving her forward, she cited the fight for women’s rights and applauded activists like ex-NCAA athlete Riley Gaines for speaking out.

“We had to fight like hell for our women’s rights. We got kicked, we got beat, we got shot, we got killed, we got imprisoned, and we did not stop there. We pressed on,” she said.

“And, today, we’re just not ready to let them go.”

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Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.