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The War on Middle America Continues with the Biden Push for Electric Vehicles

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Garrison Grisedale

Electric Vehicles
President Joe Biden test drives the Hummer EV during a tour of the General Motors Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant.

The EPA’s recent regulations regarding tailpipe pollutants are just another step in the Biden administration’s push to force electric vehicles on the American people – a move that would upend the U.S. economy in the process.

Relying on an expansive interpretation of the Clean Air Act’s provisions granting it the authority to regulate CO2 emissions, the EPA has announced standards so strict that it will essentially force automakers to radically transition their fleets toward electric vehicles. According to estimates from the Wall Street Journal, these regulations would effectively require electric vehicles to make up about 66 percent of vehicle sales by the year 2032—a ten-fold increase from the six percent of the market electric vehicles captured last year.

Of course, this comes with enormous costs placed squarely on the pocketbooks of the American consumer. According to Consumer Reports, most electric vehicles come with an average sale price of $61,000, roughly the equivalent in many parts of the country of a down payment on a house or a college education. This sticker price is a full $12,000 dollars higher than the industry average, and drastically higher than entry level cars—an enormous cost to American families that is shrugged off by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Electric vehicles come with downsides other than just their high price, too, including limited range and lengthy battery charging times and inadequate charging infrastructure. In 2021, for instance, the average range of an electric vehicle was just 217 miles—barely more than half the 417-mile average range of a gas-powered car.

When your battery runs out, you might also be in for a long wait. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “level 1 chargers can take 40-50+ hours to charge” a battery-powered electric vehicle to 80 percent from empty.

Moreover, these chargers can be hard to find: a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study estimates that the U.S. would need to build 380 charging ports per day over the next nine years to accommodate a transition to electric vehicles (far more than the current build pace of 30 per day).

Consumers have taken note of these downsides. At the current pace, electric vehicles are only expected to make up about 15 percent of all vehicle sales by the year 2030, and a mere 19 percent by 2050 according to the Energy Information Administration—which is well off the pace of the Biden EPA’s two-thirds requirement.

But not only do electric vehicles themselves come with major problems, the industries they threaten to depose are integral to wide swaths of the American economy, too.

The ethanol industry, for instance, accounts for more than $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP and $2.4 billion of income for Iowa’s households by supporting 48,000 jobs in the state. In Texas, the state’s nearly 350,000 oil and natural gas workers produced 1.83 billion barrels of oil in 2022 alone, the highest in the nation by far, which supports at least 2.6 million jobs in the state and contributes $172 billion to the Texas economy. And in Michigan, the automobile manufacturing capital of the country, the industry supports 1.1 million jobs and contributes $304 billion to the state’s economy.

The Biden administration—and indeed, most of the bipartisan establishment in Washington, D.C.— appear to view the “flyover states” as exactly that: people to be “flown over” (often in private jets) as the elites travel from coast to coast, their everyday concerns ignored in the never-ending march towards “progress.”

Progress, in this case, means a lower quality of life and decreased standard of living for millions of hardworking Americans that keep this country running as their concerns are thrown by the wayside, largely because the Biden administration does not see these people as political allies.

Electric vehicles may in fact someday be the more desirable option for consumers. The ingenuity of American industry has risen to meet new challenges, spur groundbreaking innovations, and fill consumer demands before, and it could happen again.

But the Biden administration’s misguided efforts to force the electric vehicle transition are premature for the current state of technology, and they come with enormous costs to the American consumer—a severe problem which the elites view as just a small bump in the road for their grandiose visions of “progress.”

Garrison Grisedale is a Policy Analyst for the American Cornerstone Institute.

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Nick
Nick
9 months ago

Another classicdumba$$ Democrat idea. Let’s get rid of all feasible economical ways of generating electricity and then try and get people using as much electricity as possible. What could possibly go wrong? The other day there was an article whining about 750 people that died due to heat. During the same time. 3,500 people died in swimming pools. And they’ll want us to shut off our air conditioners too because that uses electricity and causes global warming which is killing people. If you really want to save lives declare the Democrat Party a domestic terrorist group and ban them forever. I can’t believe one group of people can be that stupid

phoenix
phoenix
9 months ago

There is not enough raw materials in the entire planet for everyone to have an EV
Thers is not enough capacity in our electrical grid to charge all these cars.
They know all this. They are not stupid, but they are evil.
The goal: You commute by train from your 400 sq ft city based governemnt owned box
to you governemnt job or at the very least government controlled and regulated job.
You will not get any services outside a city, If you live in the coutry you will be starved of fuel and opportunity
You will “spend” your governemnt deigned CBDC stipend that will cover your basics but nothing more. For that is all you will be allowed to do. Any excess will expire so it cannot be saved.
The only way to win is not to play.
Cash and barter. refuse the CBDC. Never ever buy an electric car.

granky
granky
9 months ago

Biden’s enthusiasm for EVs is probably directly related to his kickbacks from lithium miners in China.

anna hubert
anna hubert
9 months ago

We the people are constantly asked and urged and ordered to start using or stop using or switch to or replace this that or the other Nothing ever is asked or expected from those who issue the orders They fly and drive use and consume unmolested

mytake
mytake
9 months ago

This whole push is BS. Electric cars are not efficient, have short distances on a battery charge which will restrict people more. There are very real concerns about disposal of the batteries. Takes too long to charge. Ridiculous.

Max
Max
9 months ago

The destruction of the middle class and below continues UNABATED by the Elite and the IDIOTIC government laws and edicts that continued to be issued by the current regime. Socialism continues onward, suppressing the national rights of its citizens. The nation needs to WAKE UP before this disaster takes permanent hold.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

EV Issues:
Battery fires
insurance
replace battery costs
charging time
Lack national charging system
Cant use Jaws of Life for rescue
Cant use in winter
Tesla FSD issues
Remedy or Lose

Jim
Jim
9 months ago

OBAMA AND SOROS AND BIG BUCKS IN THE HANDS OF UNAMERICAN GLOBALISTS ARE OUR BIGGEST PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TURNED OUR GOVERNMENT AGAINST US (MIDDLE CLASS). IF THEY GET RID OF US THEY WIN. BIDEN IS STUPID.

Bil Smith
Bil Smith
9 months ago

To be successful implementing and enforcing his idiotic proposals, he must have political and corporate support. Identify and eliminate them.

GI RETIRED
GI RETIRED
9 months ago

The very best thing LIAR BIDEN CAN DO FOR THIS COUNTRY AND ELECTRICITY IS TO STICK HIS FINGER IN A ELECTRIC SOCKET

Rick
Rick
9 months ago

The next great pollution problem, the toxic batteries used in these electric vehicles.
They haven’t found a way to recycle them. There are already warehouses full of spent
batteries.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
9 months ago

Biden is treasonous and deserves a 5 minute trial and a 10 minute hanging.

Anne Wright
Anne Wright
9 months ago

The only people allowed to travel any great distance will be the wealthy and powerful. The elites want to keep the masses in multi-unit housing and in one place so they can more easily control us. No flying (unless you are a wealthy bureaucrat or corporate VIP or a woke actor), no distance driving, and if we go electric in trucking, less goods. Military can’t go electric, because how would we power up in a hostile environment? More people need to wake up and see where all of this is leading.

Sandy Ciarmella
Sandy Ciarmella
9 months ago

People went out to buy electric vehicles because the government said they want electric. People thought once they got past the sticker price it would save them money in the long run. Wrong! The gov. said they aren’t getting gas taxes so now they want to charge so much for every mile you drive. Also electric cars are heavier and are damaging the roads. It is hard to find chargers too, plus thieves are stealing the copper wiring in electric chargers. Not interested in an electric car at all. Don’t tell me to buy an electric car when John Kerry, the climate czar, flys in his private jet! The government has always abided by, it is fine for you BUT not for them. I believe people jumped on buying electric cars before they put thought into the purchase.

Bob L.
Bob L.
9 months ago

Take Biden’s Vette away from him and give him an electric shopping scooter with a flashing light, slow-moving vehicle triangle, and safety orange “buggy whip” flag.

JamesP.
JamesP.
9 months ago

If the Elites want to tool around in EVs let them go at it…for me I like the freedom of my current mode of transportation….i’m not buying into the EV SCAM.

johnh
johnh
9 months ago

It is very important that Republicans come up with a candidate to take back the White House in 2024 or the Biden goal of 2030 for EV is not that far away. The middle & lower class cannot take 4-more years of the agenda of Biden/Democrats.

Dave
Dave
9 months ago

The devotees of the Climate Cult don’t really want all of us zipping around in electric cars. They want some of us in electric cars, and the bulk of the rest of us on electric buses. They want home energy and food production costs putting more people on welfare and voting (D). The man-made causation of a impending climate emergency is a lie to create and “emergency” excuse to govern by executive fiat because if Congress does this most everyone voting for it will be tossed out of Congress on their butts. This, imho. is actually about predictable profits and the control over the movements of the US population.

Fred Noel
Fred Noel
9 months ago

Do you really want to know what this is all about? FOLLOW THE MONEY! Once you find out who or what intently is making money off this, you can then see who in Washington D.C. Is getting the kick backs.
The electric grid in this country is not going to keep up with the added loads required to charge the vehicles. Especially when you consider all the new regulations place on power production. Wind and solar isn’t going to cut it.

Carl
Carl
9 months ago

The EPA’s recent regulations regarding tailpipe pollutants need to be vigorously fought in the courts by the states. There is no upside to electric vehicles or green energy; unless it’s truly used in conjunction with fossil fuels and not forced down our throats. If you as an individual wants to go green go green and quit trying to control people with mandates instead of legislative law.

Steven Tapper
Steven Tapper
9 months ago

I can’t wait until Trump reverses all of these idiotic, moronic regulations and cuts the EPA’s budget to the point where they’ll need to get a loan to buy paper clips. Electric cars are a minimum of 25 years away from being as convenient as today’s gas powered cars. Besides that we are being lied to about the electric cars. It has nothing to do with CO2 emissions but rather control over us and the destruction of our economy. The middle class is being utterly destroyed by their inane policies. Inflation has eroded our IRA savings and nothing they do benefits the country. I’d love to see the size of government reduced and let the bureaucrats find real jobs in the real world.

Thomas
Thomas
9 months ago

This administration is doing the same half-witted, incompetent job forcing America to buy electric vehicles that they did leaving Afghanistan. God save us from these fools!

Morbious
Morbious
9 months ago

The great Thomas Sowell describes the situation as a conflict of visions. The elites are hellbent on seducing people into socialism with the end goal of a modern feudalism. We will be the serfs; landless, without assets and 100% dependent on the largesse of the ruling class of aristocrats, them. We conservatives have been asleep because our desire is to be left alone. Our vision is to lead our lives in privacy. The elites want total control. The two visions are incompatible.

George M
George M
9 months ago

What do you mean I can’t comment on a post? And I can’t vote a + if I agree with a comment? Now AMAC is trying to control me too….

Ann S
Ann S
9 months ago

It isn’t the climate change they are doing it for. It is to take all the money away from the middle class. Remember Klaus Schwab and his minions at the WEF, the rulers of all of us, said by 2030 you will own nothing and you will be happy. Orders are orders. Hitler has arisen and Klaus Schwab is his name.

Jeri
Jeri
9 months ago

Goal of socialism: eliminate all income from all peoples on the planet below millionaire status. Okay, then what happens with their tax base gone and zero income coming in for the elitists to spend. Have they thought thru this? Will they then tax each other?

NewDay
NewDay
9 months ago

the reason we are getting few or no votes is that AMAC is not allowing us to vote. Keeps giving the message “you’ve already voted”

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
9 months ago

While these climate cultists have any power just do what I do……..burn an old car tire at least once a week…..downwind of your house that is.
These fools believe the energy that they hope to use to recharge these rolling toasters just magically appears. Good grief, there are brownouts already with a tiny fraction of cars being powered by batteries. How many trillions are they going to steal from taxpayers to mine rare lithium and cobalt to make the batteries that power these cars that nobody wants and that in the whole pollute a lot more than a gas powered vehicle?
The ethanol crap is bad enough. We screwed up allowing that fiasco to happen..its a nose under the tent thing………..stop it all and force these cultists into rehab.

Mary
Mary
9 months ago

Also when they are hit with a bad storm and batteries get wet,I have seen photos of where they caught on fire.Also when the battery quits after a few years people can’t afford to replace it because their still paying for the dead car.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
9 months ago

My husband and I spoke with a very rich man yesterday. He conceded that while his son had a hybrid vehicle that the son loved and took on long trips, an electric vehicle would only work for a person who lived in a city and only if you had a new house to plug it into. That’s if you were only going to run errands around the town, when it hadn’t been raining and wasn’t going to rain any time soon. He said, according to his son, that running errands like that, in our area, that an electric vehicle would only last about 3 1/2 hours with all the starts and stops, with the types of mileage we have, going between our towns, 20-30 miles, and then 30 miles to West Odessa, then to Gardendale another 20 miles…onto to North Midland outskirts, well, you get the point…it would almost be like living in San Antonio or the surrounding area, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth…. An electric vehicle is just NOT sustainable for our type of living, especially if you live out in the country, which WE do.

Dave
Dave
9 months ago

This not only affects the middle class. I would think it would be devastating for those of us in the lower income brackets. I also think that the main cause of any earth warming can be placed directly on the amount of paved areas and the buildings that retain and reflect heat.

Max
Max
9 months ago

Has anyone noticed that comment order is now based on the amount of +/- given to each comment as to the order/time/date as it was posted.

edward
edward
9 months ago

Biden is not mentally cognizant to know what he is doing. He is being led by the true elites who think they should rule the world, ie. klaus schwab, soros, and many whose names we have never even heard. The worst one of the bunch is his wife who would let him be manipulated so she can enjoy “elite status”. He is actually the biggest “useful idiot” as referred to by lenin.
The truly sad part is how many of the “middle class” contribute to their own grandchildren’s demise by their voting practices.

Butch
Butch
9 months ago

The political deep State socialist globalist wealthy elite tyrants have their money invested in this solar/electric crap. All based on pushing a climate warming theory, carbon HOAX! The elite stand to reap a virtual fortune forcing all of us (especially the middle class) into it. Forcing us by law into one energy source (solar/electric) is a MONOPOLY! Monopolies violate ANTI-TRUST LAWS. Why hasn’t there been any law suits? As constitutionally free Americans we should be able to FREELY choose from MANY different energy sources, at a reasonable price, NOT just ONE energy source! That’s FREEDOM! Some States are already predicting rolling black outs for this air conditioning summer season. Our electric grid is old and outdated. It cannot handle all this purposed solar/electric b.s. Btw, where is all this infrastructure construction going on that Buy-den and the marxist socialists promised before the last election? Wake up friends! We The People Are The Government and Sovereign!

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
9 months ago

This push to EV not only weakens the United States, it empowers and emboldens the CCCP who control the rare earth minerals (which an American Company was allowed to be bought by the Chinese) necessary for the production of components necessary for this technology. Americans are so wrapped up in Greed they are selling out America.

NewDay
NewDay
9 months ago

When is AMAC going to fix the “you have already voted” problem. This has gone on for weeks now?

Nick A
Nick A
9 months ago

The other problem not mentioned is that EV’s are much heavier than their fossil fueled counterparts. Creating a greater burden on our deteriorating

legally present 29
legally present 29
9 months ago

To say nothing of the cost of a new battery for one of these loser vehicles! 25,000??

Shane Pirtle
Shane Pirtle
9 months ago

Great article —
There are so many fallacies in the proposed benefits, when the actual goal is to control the peons. Not only is the electrical grid not capable of handling the increase in EV’s, nor are there enough charging stations, but all of the emissions reduction that is proposed in the US will actually move to other countries who are building coal fired plants and don’t care what they are polluting. There will probably be a net increase in overall global pollution and disposal of all of the defunct solar panels, turbines and batteries is already a nightmare….

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

Government took away the Native American’s horses to keep them on the reservation and dependent on them for all their needs. Dependency means you are controlled.

Nathan
Nathan
9 months ago

I would not want to get stranded on I-80 in WY during a blizzard in an electric car. It’a long way to anything in WY.

Dave
Dave
9 months ago

The question is, who’s paying Biden off to push EV’s? It makes no sense. If we went to zero emissions tomorrow, it would mean nothing to the world. Any one with a brain sees this as a disaster.

porterv
porterv
9 months ago

Flush the EPA!

NewDay
NewDay
9 months ago

They make the electric car ads look exciting but in real life they are not practical.The cost of ownership is high and does not offset the savings in gasoline. They have limited mileage between charges and charging can be a pain. People can say they are saving the planet but that is just a nice thought, no substance..

John
John
9 months ago

I read yesterday that Japan is working on a solid-state battery that uses no lithium, weighs less, and would give 750 miles per charge which can be charged in 10 minutes. That would change the picture.

Betsy Brewer
Betsy Brewer
9 months ago

Wonder how much he,s getting for each e-car sold.

Steve
Steve
9 months ago

You did not address the cost of highway maintenance. Right now it is paid for with fuel taxes and the electrics are getting a free ride. If less fuel is sold and less tax is collected that money will have to come from other places which will most likely drive up the cost of recharging your EV.

Dewey
Dewey
9 months ago

You never hear about the cost to recharge at these charging stations. Being a retired utility worker, I know it won’t be free…
The other question I have is, when you buy fuel for your vehicle there’s a thing called tax included in the price. My understanding is this tax is then used to support and maintain the infrastructure that you use to drive your vehicle on. How does the new EV world plan to build any roads to dive on?

first patriot
first patriot
9 months ago

Apart from the many issues with EVs, their price is unaffordable for the average citizen. When the cost decreases, and the negatives are fixed, ownership could become a reality bringing the average citizen into parity with the elites who drive these vehicles.firstpa

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

The news today reports how the current heat wave is maxxing out the US power grid. Wonder what plugging in another 100M electic car chargers would do? Tell you what, Brandon: I’ll trade in my Harleys and RV when you sell your Corvette. The plus side is that with a smaller vehicle, he’d have more room for boxes of top secret documents…

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