Trump Attacks Electric Vehicles: The Pushback Against Electric Cars
Electric cars have been gaining popularity in recent years, and for good reason—they are more environmentally friendly and typically less expensive to maintain. However, not everyone is thrilled about the shift towards plug-in cars.
Former president Donald Trump is among those who have voiced concerns about the impact of electric car manufacturing on the auto industry. In a recent campaign speech, he claimed that President Joe Biden’s push for electric cars would be catastrophic for Michigan’s workers.
Here is what Trump had to say:
“Biden is a catastrophe for Michigan, and his environmental extremism is heartless and disloyal and horrible for the American worker. And you’re starting to see it,” Trump said in a speech, according to The Hill.
“Driven by his ridiculous regulations, electric cars will kill more than half of U.S. auto jobs and decimate the suppliers that they decimated already — decimate the suppliers. And it’s going to decimate your jobs. And it’s going to decimate — more than anybody else — the state of Michigan,” Trump added. “It’s is going to be decimation. It’s going to be at a level that that people can’t even imagine.
“The state of Michigan is going to be decimation,” he added. “It’s going to be at a level that that people can’t even imagine.”
Trump also noted in his speech the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which he said created “tough new requirements to ensure more cars are made in American factories by American workers.”
“And it’s happening right here in Michigan,” he continued. “And this had nothing to do with the Democrats. They’re going to end it. They want every car to be all electric — except you don’t make all electric cars too much. You know who does? China.”
Ah, there it is…the old standby – China.
One of the main reasons why some people are wary of electric cars is the potential impact on jobs. In particular, members of the United Auto Workers union have voiced concern that electric car manufacturing could lead to fewer jobs or lower-paying positions. Indeed, the union declined to endorse Biden earlier this year, citing concerns about his electric vehicle policies.
However, others argue that the shift towards electric cars could actually create new jobs in fields such as battery manufacturing and renewable energy.
Another issue that some people have with electric cars is the cost. While electric cars may be more affordable in the long run due to lower maintenance costs and fuel expenses, the upfront price tag can be a deterrent for some consumers.
Additionally, some people are skeptical about the reliability and range of electric cars, though this issue has been improving with advancements in battery technology.
There are also concerns about the infrastructure needed to support mass adoption of electric cars. For example, there are still relatively few charging stations compared to traditional gas stations, which can make it difficult for electric car owners to travel long distances.
However, efforts are underway to address this issue and expand the availability of charging stations.
Finally, there are those who simply prefer the feel and sound of traditional gas-powered cars. The people that feel this way obviously have way too much time on their hands.
As electric cars become more prevalent, it’s important to consider the concerns and hesitations of those who may be hesitant to embrace this technology. While electric cars may be the future, there are still challenges to overcome, such as concerns about how this shift will impact jobs and the need for more widespread charging infrastructure. By acknowledging these concerns and working to address them, we can ensure a smoother transition towards a more sustainable future.