Dude take your rhetoric and shove it.
Translation: I don't have a counterargument, but I don't want to admit you're right either, because then I'd have to admit I'm doing the wrong thing. I get it.
All these emissions standards are only for one reason and one reason only- MONEY.
Your theory would only make sense if emission standards couldn't have been possibly met. But with things like DPF they are. So, nobody's getting money from this. In reality the opposite is true what you're implying. Money is the reason why are NOT having even stricter emission standards. Because that would mean companies would have to spend a lot more on R&D, they could make and sell less products (or only cars with smaller engines, for obviously less money), big oil's sales would plummet, etc.
Until humans find a way around using fossil fuels
We already did. Have you been living under a rock for the past century? The problem is not that we have not found other ways, but that people refuse to adopt those technologies. Like by saying stuff that "all these emissions requirements are a FU$$ING joke".
mining toxic metals like lithium
Did you know that lithium is actually used also as a medication for humans?
figuring out how to dispose of all this waste we create without dumping it into the ocean or landfills
We've already figured out that one too: recycling, and not creating that much waste in the first place. But even if we wouldn't have, that would be just one more reason to cut emissions and waste the more where we can, like with DPFs and similar stuff.
all these emissions requirements are a FU$$ING joke.
They're essential steps to reach a goal gradually. Which is mostly hindered by naysayers asserting that if we can't change things gradually or every one of us do his little part that adds up, then we shouldn't even try in the first place.
ALL OF THEM. Want to eliminate most of of the worlds polluters, wipe India and China off the map. And thats a fact.
It's not. For ex. the US emits twice as much CO2 than India, even in absolute terms. And per capita the US emits 2x as much as does China, and 9x as much as India. These are the actual facts.