The US Releases Electric Vehicle Network Strategy – Is This Another Biden boondoggle?
Biden pushes goal of 50% of all new vehicle sales will be 50% electric by 2030
The Biden administration is set to release a national strategy today to put in place an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and force a change to all-electric on the U.S. auto industry.
President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure law last month, authorizes the charging stations, and sets aside $5 billion for states to build a national charging network. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and disadvantaged communities.
“President Biden, American families, automakers, and autoworkers agree: the future of transportation is electric,″ the White House said in a statement. “The electric car future is cleaner, more equitable, more affordable, and an economic opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs.″
All of this is following Biden’s and the Left’s goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The White House claims this will create thousands of jobs but refuses to address the millions lost if this is implemented. He plans on doing this by forcing electric vehicles for both personal cars and commercial fleets by 2050.
Biden is trying to make inroads to catch the U.S. up to China and leapfrog their plug-in EV market, which is about three times the size of the American market.
Biden has set a goal that electric cars and trucks account for half of the new vehicles sold by 2030.
Vice President Kamala Harris planned to announce the vehicle-charging strategy Monday at an event in suburban Maryland.
Harris was to appear at a maintenance facility in Brandywine, just outside Washington; she will also receive a briefing about work to electrify the fleet in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
The new EV charging strategy establishes a joint electric vehicles office between the federal Energy and Transportation departments; issues guidance and standards for states; and ensures consultations with manufacturers, state and local governments, environmental justice and civil rights groups, tribes, and others.
The two departments also will launch an advisory committee on electric vehicles that officials hope is up and running early next year.
The Brandywine site features electric vehicle chargers that currently are the only ones in the local area, filling what the White House called “a critical gap in the region’s electric vehicle charging network.″
We can expect Harris to renew her call for Democrats to approve of Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, now sitting in the Senate. This bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, will put stimulus programs to reduce the sticker price of new and used electric vehicles; this is just one of the many parts that the White House is proposing.
Republicans, including some who voted in favor of the new infrastructure law, have criticized Biden for being preoccupied with electric vehicle technology when Americans are contending with a spike in gasoline and natural gas prices.
Biden last month ordered a record 50 million barrels of oil released from America’s strategic reserve in coordination with other primary energy-consuming nations. Gas prices have fallen in recent weeks as fears grow of a possible economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Automobile Association, average prices on Sunday were $3.33 per gallon, down about 7 cents from late last month.
While the plan sounds like a great idea, the reality is we don’t have the infrastructure in place for a massive switch to electric vehicles, nor is the technology at the point where this is feasible. In a rush to push this modified “Green New Deal,” Biden and the Democrats are willing to risk our future to move this plan forward now rather than implement something like this slowly.
By rushing this, the Democrats show their lack of faith that they will retain power in Washington for long. Instead, they are hoping that if they force this, the following administration will not be able to do away with it, much like we saw with Obama Care.
Biden is a failure and may go down as the worst administration this country has ever seen; it is up to the GOP to block this bill that will only saddle us with much worse debt and force a change much more slowly.
AP contributed to this article.
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