Driving Decarbonization: Examining Electric Vehicles and Low-Carbon Fuels in US Reconciliation Efforts

A panel discussion exploring the impact and feasibility of proposed policies on electric vehicles and low-carbon fuels in current reconciliation efforts


Oct. 29, 2021


12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Event Series

RFF Live

Event Details

Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States of any sector, accounting for nearly one-third of US emissions. Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and low-carbon fuels are among the most promising opportunities to substantially reduce emissions and achieve US climate objectives. How can active legislative discussions help to shape a new way forward for vehicles and fuels, and how can it be done fairly and equitably?

Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted an RFF Live event on October 29, 2021, featuring a conversation with leading experts and scholars to examine how active reconciliation discussions may shape emissions reductions across the transportation sector.

This RFF Live event also examined the challenges to meeting President Biden’s goal of 50 percent EV market share, and the role that the federal government can play in overcoming these obstacles. Finally, the event examined the implications of these efforts for overall US decarbonization—the feasibility and potential roadblocks, and the role transportation can play in meeting US targets under the Paris Agreement.


  • Alycia Gilde, CALSTART
  • Joshua Linn, Resources for the Future
  • Elizabeth Reicherts, General Motors
  • Beia Spiller, Environmental Defense Fund
  • James Stock, Resources for the Future, Harvard University
  • Virginia McConnell, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

Event Video

Additional Resources

Decarbonization and Reconciliation

This event was the continuation of a two-part series examining reconciliation efforts to decarbonize the two biggest sectors for greenhouse gas emissions in the United States—electricity and transportation. Watch a recording of the first event, “80x30: Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition,” which explores federal policy action to achieve 80 percent clean electricity by 2030.


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