House Republicans push back against Biden’s electric vehicle tyranny

A majority of House Republicans joined together Monday in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taking aim at the “ill-considered effort” to force market transitions “under the guise of mitigating climate change.”

Led by House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), 151 GOP representatives signed their names in opposition to EPA proposals on emission standards for vehicles come model year 2027.

Joined by members of leadership that included Majority Leader Steve Scalise (La.), Majority Whip Top Emmer (Minn.), and Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY), the letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan called out President Joe Biden’s administration’s efforts to “commandeer America’s transportation sector” by regulating away the choice of American’s with no discernible benefit.

“We write to express deep concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles and heavy-duty trucks,” the letter began. “The proposals are the latest effort by the Biden administration to commandeer America’s transportation sector and force its complete vehicle electrification under the guise of mitigating climate change.”

“The light- and medium-duty vehicle proposed standards are unworkable and impractical. EPA estimates that the proposed standards would lead to electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 67 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales and 46 percent of new medium-duty vehicle sales in the United States by model year 2032,” it continued.

“The projected statistics are a far cry from the current EV market share of 4.5 percent,” the letter said, citing data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), “making these standards a deliberate market manipulation to prop up EVs. Furthermore, a rapid shift towards EVs would benefit only the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as China has a stranglehold on the critical minerals supply chain and manufacturing of EV batteries. For example, China currently controls 50 to 70 percent of global lithium and cobalt refining that are necessary for EV batteries.”

The IEA estimates that 75 percent of all lithium-ion batteries are produced in China. Furthermore, the nation corners the market on cathodes and anodes at 70 and 85 percent of global production respectively, both necessary battery components.

Additional data indicates that more than half of global lithium, cobalt and graphite processing and refining is conducted in the communist nation. As if worsening the United States’ already diminished energy independence weren’t enough, serious human rights concerns remain over the labor in nations like the Democratic Republic of the Congo in obtaining the necessary minerals from African Mines of which Chinese firms have large stakes in.

Following the EPA’s initial proposal, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld called out the elitist mindset of his peer Geraldo Rivera as representative of the detached bureaucracy detrimentally impacting the lives of regular people.

After putting him on blast over his “EV Bentley,” Gutfeld tore into the farcical push for EVs and the green agenda as he said, “The green movement is tied up in knots right now. Electric cars exploit cheap human labor in Africa and in China. The climate predictions are falling apart, the smart folks are flocking to nuclear, and identity politics stole the thunder from the climate agenda. And how do you know that? You gotta look at ESG, right? Equity, social, governance… why are they packed together like that in companies? It’s because you couldn’t do climate on your own because no one bought it.”

“So, what they did is they married it to race and they married it to gender,” the host went on. “So, if you come out against ESG, it’s about you being a bigot, not about you being smart about the climate. None of their predictions have come true. None of them. They are fighting… they’re forcing America to do this crap over 1… less than a percent Celsius. … It has no effect.”

“And, in fact, as this climate gets warmer people’s lives improve. That’s a fact. That’s a fact,” Gutfeld repeated. People die from cold weather more frequently than from warm weather.”

Along with affordability concerns, the congressional letter went on to state the necessary usage to account for the lower emissions EPA date boasts of are currently “not being realized” and they concluded, “Given that the recent EPA announcement was only a proposal, we strongly urge you to rescind this ill-considered effort. Americans want the ability to choose the vehicle that best meets their needs, that is reliable, and that they can afford — not be forced into buying an EV.”

Kevin Haggerty


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