President Biden test drives Ford’s new electric F-150 on a track pic.twitter.com/ICAlHtpLrW— Mario Parker (@MarioDParker) May 18, 2021
WATCH: President Biden test drives the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning at the Ford Dearborn Development Center in Michigan. pic.twitter.com/yPO3t6lE10— The Hill (@thehill) May 18, 2021
“The future of the auto industry is electric. There’s no turning back,” President Biden says at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, declaring that the U.S. is in a race against China to lead the global market for electric vehicles https://t.co/NZCL9Ok6Vq pic.twitter.com/XSlU9cl0wi— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) May 18, 2021
This has nothing to do with working class union jobs.
If we really cared about those jobs, we wouldn’t be closing factories here and shipping jobs to Mexico. This is entirely about pushing the climate change agenda of affluent, college-educated, upper middle class progressives by subsidizing electric vehicles in order to curb carbon emissions.
The forced shift to electric vehicles is one piece of the larger progressive agenda which includes “tackling our meat obsession” by replacing industrial animal agriculture with lab grown meat and getting rid of fossil fuels and nuclear power in order to power the electric grid with renewables. It is wealthy and highly educated people who are obsessed with this stuff, not working class voters.
“Dearborn — President Joe Biden pitched his $174 billion electric vehicle plan Tuesday at the Ford Motor Co. Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, touring the plant and taking a test-track spin in the company’s electric version of the best-selling F-150 pickup truck ahead of its reveal Wednesday evening.
After his time behind the wheel of the F-150 Lightning, the president was asked how it was to drive the battery-electric pickup. “It feels great,” Biden said.
“I’ll tell you what, these electric vehicles, now I don’t know if anyone has a stop watch but these vehicles can go from 0 to 60 in … 4.4 seconds,” the president said. …
The goal is to spark a takeoff of the American electric vehicle market, which now accounts for less than 2% of new car sales, with the eventual aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help reach a goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030 and net-zero economy-wide by 2050. …”
If electric vehicles are already on the market, why do we need the government to subsidize them and promote them? Why can’t Joe Six Pack be trusted to buy an electric F-150 Lightning pickup? Why can’t Joe Six Pack be trusted to buy a Beyond Burger or an Impossible Burger?
The reality of the situation for working class voters many of whom voted for Joe Biden who can’t afford electric vehicles and who probably aren’t interested in buying one either is the soaring cost of used vehicles which they actually do buy and a 7-year-high in gas prices and higher prices for beef and pork and higher prices for consumer goods in general. These are more immediate and pressing concerns for the vast majority of Trump and Biden voters than putting around in an electric vehicle.