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Biden EPA’s EV Quotas Would Take Away Americans’ Freedom of Choice of Vehicles, Enrich China

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2023
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President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the General Motors Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant.

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to make cars more expensive for Americans, curb U.S. energy jobs, and make Chinese battery manufacturers richer.

The new proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency would require new car sales to be 60% battery-powered electric by 2030 and 67% by 2032 in order for automakers to be in compliance with the new regulations, compared with fewer than 6% in 2022. 

Electric vehicles are more dangerous, more expensive, and can take 45 minutes to recharge. Mandating a tenfold increase in sales of electric vehicles would take away Americans’ choice of vehicles and force them into unsafe ones. 

Electric vehicles are not affordable for many Americans. The electric version of the Ford F-150 pickup truck, the bestselling vehicle in America, costs an additional $10,000. Those vehicles are not practical for Americans who live in cold states or who have to drive long distances. 

In addition, EVs are not emissions-free, because they require components, such as batteries, that are made using fossil fuels. In addition, increased electricity demand places additional stress on the electrical grid, as California has discovered the hard way from rolling blackouts.

America has vast resources of oil and natural gas and is energy independent. The EPA’s proposed rules would make China stronger and America weaker because China makes most of the world’s batteries.

China is a totalitarian regime that uses forced labor and coal-fired power plants to make the batteries. America should not be dependent on China for a vital element of transportation. 

This mandate of a tenfold increase in sales of electric vehicles would affect Americans and manufacturers with negligible results for the climate because China has not committed to reducing emissions until 2027.

In fact, China continues to build coal-fired power plants. Consider that America has 225 coal-fired power plants and China has 1,118 (half of all the coal-fired plants in the world).

China has increased carbon emissions by more than 5,000 million metric tons over the past 16 years. In contrast, America’s carbon emissions have declined by more than 1,000 million metric tons over the same period due to the use of clean natural gas.  

Mining for minerals that go into batteries is energy-intensive, and the Chinese Communist Party has facilitated access to domestic and foreign minerals for battery production. Minerals such as lithium and cobalt are essential for batteries and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., the Chinese battery manufacturer, has a ready supply. It gets lithium from its operations in western China’s Qinghai province, subsidized by government funding.

China purchases cobalt for electric batteries from Kisanfu, in Congo, where it purchased 25%  of cobalt reserves in 2022. The cobalt in Congo is produced with child labor, according to the testimony of Father Rigobert Minani Bihuzo, regional coordinator of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo Basin Forest, who testified at a human rights hearing organized by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., on July 14.

Beijing is engaged in genocide against the minority Uyghur people of Xinjiang and has imposed draconian restrictions on political freedoms in Hong Kong. The CCP has cracked down on religious liberties for Christians and for Buddhist worshipers of the Dalai Lama throughout Tibet.

Empowering the Chinese government is fundamentally at odds with good corporate governance.

The Biden administration’s plans to impose unprecedented new emissions limits would not only cost the American economy quite likely trillions of dollars over the life of the regulation, but also destroy American jobs in the automotive and energy industries while lining the pockets of Chinese battery manufacturers.  

New regulations are designed to force the mass conversion to electric vehicles by requiring 67% of all new cars sold to be electric by 2032—regardless of the cost. In an economy where used-car prices and gas prices have both skyrocketed, this new push for electric vehicles will only make vehicles less affordable while killing thousands of jobs.

The Heritage Foundation’s report “Winning the Cold War: A Plan for Countering China,” published last month, shows how America’s environmental policies make China stronger and America weaker.

In order to win this new Cold War, America needs to abandon policies that promote dependence on China and return to energy independence. The Biden administration EV proposal would do just the opposite.

In contrast, the House of Representatives’ Lower Energy Costs Act, HR 1, emphasizes domestic energy production and would lower energy costs and reduce emissions. 

New EPA regulations, driven more by politics and virtue signaling than economics and emissions reductions, will only enrich China at America’s expense and place vital energy supply chains at the mercy of Beijing.

The regulations would raise vehicle costs for Americans, give up energy independence to China, and yet have no environmental benefits. The Biden administration should withdraw its proposal.  

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Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

More expensive, fewer choices, that’ll work. Truly, the insane are ruining this country at an exponential rate. More government subsidies are coming for what’s left in your wallet.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

EV Issues:
Battery fires
Range
Hacking
Insurance
Replace battery unit
No road service IE Auto Club
No National Charging System
Crowded charging centers
Few charging centers

Plan to RENT 1 vs Buy 1

Yet NO Dems who lobby Green Deal dont drive EVs

LMB
LMB
1 year ago

EVs pollute as much if not more than fossil fuel vehicles! This edict is how the congress and elite get rich riding on our backs!! How is the electricity generated for the EV power stations?! Fossil fuel if you haven’t figured that out yet!!!

Liz
Liz
1 year ago

This has been the PLAN …most Americans can’t afford an EV even if they want one NOT .Just the purchase but the service cost when you need a repair, registration and other requirements, charging station, etc. The gov. wants MOST Americans( EXCEPT the wealthy) to NOT have a car!! This is ANOTHER way they intend to CONTROL our movements!!Walking, Bikes and Mass transit will be the ONLY way to have LIMITED movement!!
I have NOT EVEN mentioned the Chip problem, the SLAVE child labor to mine the minerals for an EV and OTHER issues that make Americans DEPENDENT on CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ARE AMERICANS TOO BUSY……TO WAKE THE HELL UP???????
Your VOTES seem to say YOU DON’T CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When the CRAP happens YOU VOTED FOR IT–REMEMBER THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
1 year ago

That’s the whole point of EV’s. To keep people from traveling so far from home where they will be easier to track and count by our socialist government. Bankrupting America will enable the Satanic democrats to build back socialist which will put people totally dependent on government. None of this is by accident. It is all part of the globalist plan to establish a one-world government to eventually be under the control of the anti-Christ. The Godless democrats are satanically evil and will stop at nothing to complete their goal by 2030 or sooner.

George M
George M
1 year ago

Are you Better off Today or a couple years ago when Trump was in the White House ? That’s the ONLY question you need to answer. Vote for a return to better times and SANE policy’s.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 year ago

And shoot the environmentalists who deny mining rare earth elements in this country. After the short-range EVs will be the Soviet-style internal passport that will require special permission to travel outside your zone.

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

My thought is that these environmentalists and elite Democrats have invested heavily into the companies that would profit from the advancement of these vehicles and that’s why they are in such a hurry to get these executive orders in place before they lose power. Then once Republicans gain power again it will be too late because, as with Obamacare, the damage is already done and undoing that damage will be extremely difficult because they have mandated the auto makers to do away with gas powered vehicles which also affects the oil and gas industry, another major desire of Democrats!!! They don’t really care about the planet anymore than they care about the American people!

Doing away with the Constitution is also a goal of Democrats! Is there some deal that has been made between Biden/Democrats and China? This EV mandate is just making it harder for most Americans. Democrats and environmentalists continue to lie to the American people about these vehicles. They still have problems especially with weather based issues! They have been lying about the charging issues. They have been lying about the dangers and reality of the components that go into the vehicles which are, again, dangerous to mine and to dispose of, not doing us or the planet any favors!

Elizabeth Cheever
Elizabeth Cheever
1 year ago

Biblical reference: 1 Timothy 6:1-21 for those interested in reading.

John Riley
John Riley
1 year ago

As always follow the money.

rvgrandma
rvgrandma
1 year ago

I am having problems finding a used car I can afford on SS after my 2001 Prius hybrid battery went bad on me. I don’t have the money to fix it either.

Granny26
Granny26
1 year ago

I don’t care what Bozo Bidens mandates are, I will never drive one of those stupid EV’s. Who wants to spend 45 min. to charge while on a trip, etc?? And I’ve seen too many of them catch fire while charging. Also who wants to be using electric chargers standing in a puddle of water when it’s raining???

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
1 year ago

And I guess America will borrow the trillions required just to upgrade power delivery systems so as to charge all these very limited range overpriced turds being mandated.
And then there are additional trillions required to install charging stations so the idiot slaves that blindly follow government diktats can spend an hour every 15-miles recharging their overpriced crappy four wheel toasters.
Oh……and don’t forget all the slave labor in Africa required to dig out the hazardous crap from the ground to build the crappy batteries for these crappy four wheel toasters. The Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttgiggles thinks roads are racist…somehow. Wonder what widdle Pete thinks of slave dug lithium?

edward
edward
1 year ago

“Take Away Americans’ Freedom of Choice”-that is the intent of the communist(democrat)party.They dont like seeing a middle class with all that money, they want that money in their pockets. They get that by taking power ANY WAY THEY CAN. Just like lenin! All freedoms are null and void under a communist regime, UNLESS YOU ARE PART OF THAT REGIME JUST LIKE THE OLD SOVIET UNION!

USN Retired
USN Retired
1 year ago

I will build/rebuild a gas/diesel powered car and make bio-diesel in my back yard if necessary before I join with all the sheep that voted for Biden and are lining up for their impractical, over priced E-car.
Biden is a communist, bought and paid for by China.

Gabe Hanzeli
Gabe Hanzeli
1 year ago

the man made global warming story is a hoax. that is why they call it climate change instead of man made global warming.

tika
tika
1 year ago

the old saying, “Get a horse!” comes to mind.

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