Are you tired of the Biden administration’s constant assault on American energy security? Well, worry not, Sen. Joe Manchin speaks out against Biden’s electric vehicle plan, warning that it will not empower the U.S. but someone else. Ready to find out who?
The Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles has faced criticism from Republicans and conservatives alike. Now, even some Democrats are speaking out against the plan. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the chair of the Senate Energy Committee, has warned that the plan will only serve to empower China and weaken America’s energy security.
Let us recap what the Biden EPA’s new strict EV goals are,
Senator Joe Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new vehicle emission standards for attempting to encourage Americans to buy electric vehicles.
He said: He said: “The EPA is lying to Americans with false claims about how their manipulation of the market to boost EVs will help American energy security. In reality, this is a Trojan horse. To meet these timelines will mean strengthening our reliance on minerals and technologies controlled by the Chinese. Taken in concert with the clear violation of the IRA to undermine provisions that would actually secure these supply chains, this Administration is taking steps that will only result in a more energy secure and powerful China. I don’t believe that making progress on climate change should come at the expense of our national and energy security. I fully support Congress overturning these dangerous EPA regulations.”
As part of his electric vehicle push, Biden is attempting to boost domestic battery manufacturing, but some critical raw materials are only found internationally, and China controls much of this supply.
In a press release, Sen. Mike Braun’s (R-IN) office said Biden’s proposed emissions standards would make two-thirds of new cars and a quarter of new trucks electric by 2032.
Braun explained: “President Biden and his EPA are proposing unrealistic emissions standards to try to push the public further than they are willing to go. This plan is totally disconnected by the reality of our supply chain and energy infrastructure, and will result in the U.S. depending even more on China for raw rare earth minerals that the Biden administration doesn’t allow to be mined here.”
Senator Braun asserted, “I ran a shipping and logistics business for 37 years, so I know this kind of overbearing government overreach will make everything more expensive.”
Biden’s electric vehicle plan is not only unrealistic but also a threat to American energy security. China is already gaining power and influence globally, so becoming even more reliant on them for critical minerals would be a devastating stepback when we don’t need them. To truly prioritize American energy security, we need to focus on developing domestic solutions that won’t leave us vulnerable to foreign powers. Sen. Manchin’s warnings about Biden’s plan should not be ignored – maybe it’s time other democrats listen to their colleague for a change.
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