Did you really mean to say the administrations push to eradicate the gasoline/diesel powered internal combustion engine? I assume that's what you meant, so if it's not, disregard the rest of this post.
The push to move away from gasoline and diesel has to do with our species long term survival. We can and do run internal combustion engines on many fuels other than gasoline and diesel. We have used, propane, compressed and liquid natural gas, compressed and liquid propane, food oils, grease, kerosene, helium and, in my mind, most importantly hydrogen. Hydrogen is one of the most if not the most abundantly available elements in the universe. We can replace our reliance on foreign oil as a fuel source by switching to hydrogen. It works in an internal combustion engine and it's output is water.
The sooner we as a nation embrace these new fuels, the more oil we save to make plastics and 1000's of other products. There are so many new jobs that can be created if we begin to embrace alternative fuels. Think of all the wind power we could be harvesting in this nation with little environmental impact. Solar panels on your roof can add surplus energy back into the system and make the expense of powering our homes almost nil. So many options other than oil and yet all people want to talk about is the price of gasoline. Embrace alternatives and pressure our leaders into using them like we as the populace have the ability to and we won't care about oil in 50years.
Sorry if that got to be a bit of a rant.