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Biden's EV Mandate Threatens American Jobs and Consumer Choice

President Joe Biden's latest move to mandate the phasing out of gas-powered cars in favor of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is a reckless overreach that threatens American jobs and consumer choice. This new federal regulation, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, is part of Biden's sweeping green energy agenda, but its implications are far-reaching and deeply concerning.





Under this mandate, American automakers are required to produce a majority of new cars sold in the U.S. market as EVs or hybrids by 2032. While Biden touts this as "historic progress" in fighting global warming, the reality is that it poses significant challenges for both consumers and the auto industry.


The New York Times reported: Nearly three years in the making, the new tailpipe pollution limits from the Environmental Protection Agency would transform the American automobile market. A record 1.2 million electric vehicles rolled off dealers’ lots last year, but they made up just 7.6 percent of total U.S. car sales, far from the 56 percent target under the new regulation. An additional 16 percent of new cars sold would be hybrids.

Biden described his green energy agenda as "an ambitious goal" and the commencement of "historic advancement" in combating global warming, in a statement to the Times.


“Three years ago, I set an ambitious target: that half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 would be zero-emission,” Biden said. “Together, we’ve made historic progress. Hundreds of new expanded factories across the country. Hundreds of billions in private investment and thousands of good-paying union jobs. And we’ll meet my goal for 2030 and race forward in the years ahead.”

One of the major concerns with this mandate is the lack of consumer interest in EVs. Despite the push for electric vehicles, a survey from Consumer Reports revealed that American consumers reported about 80 percent more problems with EVs than with traditional gas-powered cars. Issues such as long charging times, a lack of charging stations, and battery-related problems have deterred many consumers from embracing EVs.

Furthermore, car dealers have warned the Biden administration about the unrealistic nature of this mandate based on current consumer demand.


Electric vehicles are already stacking up on dealership lots, indicating a lack of interest among consumers. Mandating the sale of EVs without addressing consumer concerns and preferences is a recipe for failure.

Additionally, the transition to EVs poses a serious threat to American auto workers and their livelihoods.


EVs require far less manpower to produce, leading to concerns about job losses and wage cuts in the auto industry. The supply chain for EVs, particularly lithium-ion batteries, is largely controlled by China, further exacerbating fears about job security.


Auto workers have voiced their apprehensions about Biden's green energy agenda, with many expressing concerns about the inevitable job losses and the impact on their communities. The shift towards EVs could devastate local economies that rely on the auto industry for employment and economic stability.


Biden's EV mandate is a misguided policy that prioritizes environmental goals over the interests of American workers and consumers. Rather than imposing unrealistic mandates, the administration should focus on supporting innovation and addressing the legitimate concerns of consumers and auto workers. The future of the auto industry should be determined by market demand and consumer choice, not government mandates.

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