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Joe Biden’s Electric Car Plan Is Stupid

They are coming for your cars. The Democrats argue they want to replace it with a better product. But that is not backed up by the data

Joe Biden. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2020 Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Legislative Conference at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe Biden Doesn’t Care That You Like Your Electric Vehicle – By the year 2035, just 12 years from now, President Joe Biden plans to have place America on the path of “phasing out” all gas-powered vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV).

Joe Biden and a Bad Idea

Not only is the plan itself shocking, but so too is the timeline. It is both ambitious and, in all probability, impractical. Biden’s plan (or is it more of a mass delusion on the part of the Democratic Party’s elite?) is widely opposed by most Americans. 

But the president isn’t going to let something as petty as popular opinion stand in his way.

Fifty-nine percent of all Americans polled recently stated their opposition to the Joe Biden agenda as it relates to banning gas-powered vehicles. In fact, most Americans—Republican and Democrat alike—have increased their opposition to the Democratic Party’s obsession with banning their gas-powered vehicles. 

Initially, it was 51 percent who did not approve of the plan. It’s gone up almost ten percent since then.

Saving the Environment By Killing the American Middle-Class

One can assume that this is related to the cost of gas-powered vehicles. EVs are an average of $10,000 more than your ordinary, run-of-the-mill gas-powered car. In Joe Biden’s economy, which we are assured is the best economy in decades (LOL!), most Americans simply cannot afford that price differential—not when 68 percent of Americans can’t even cover their living expenses for a month if they lost their job. 

This, at a time when cars are more expensive—both new and used—than they’ve been in decades.

Americans are dreamers. They love new technology. Although, Americans are also among some of the most pragmatic people in the world. This is especially true of the American middle-class, which is under constant threat from the globalist elite, who are the ones pushing this insane EV plan upon the rest of the country. 

Unlike the poor, who never have to worry about affording their lifestyles (because, by definition, they cannot and therefore receive assistance from the government in the form of taxpayer-provided benefits), or the wealthy who are simply excused from paying taxes (because of freedom, or something), the ailing American middle-class is forced to pay for everything.

They are the ones who are justifiably most opposed to this insane Democrat plan. The EVs are more expensive than your average gas-powered car to purchase and they are more expensive to maintain.Admittedly, those costs would likely decrease the more that the infrastructure to support EVs was built. But that process is likely to take a long time and in the meanwhile ordinary Americans would be required to pay on average higher maintenance costs. 

That means many thousands of dollars more than what you normally pay for upkeep on your vehicles will be required to keep your government-mandated EV functioning. All this to save our beloved environment from the woes of our filthy, polluting industries (which support our modern lifestyle). 

Meanwhile, in China and India, they continue belching pollutants into the atmosphere at astronomical levels. 

The Chinese are not only polluting the environment more in the last decade than the West ever did in the last 50 years, but China’s vibrant, growing middle-class—the largest presently in the world—is purchasing SUVs and other gas-guzzling cars with wanton abandon. 

It is only the Americans who are being cut down to size by their own political elite (who’ve more in common with the denizens of Brussels than they do Omaha, Nebraska). 

The car is the most American invention out there. It was more than a novel way to get from one place to another. The car is a symbol of America’s freedom. The gas-powered car was first a gewgaw for the wealthy elite in America during the turn of the previous century. 

It was not until gas-powered vehicles became widely available—and affordable—to the masses (notably what was at that time America’s burgeoning middle-class) that the car became ingrained in the American psyche as a sign of our freedom and independence, a showcase of our individual liberties as Americans. 

Electric Vehicles are Really Cool, But They Aren’t Ready for Show Time

Certainly, EVs are cool. 

They have become more affordable to more people than just the super wealthy. The more they become affordable and available, the more the technology will evolve and become practical. 

Yet, the problem is that the EVs are infinitely more complex than the gas-powered vehicles most of us depend upon for accomplishing basic, daily tasks in our lives. While EVs will, over time, take more of a market share of the car industry. 

Unless the draconian Biden plan of forcing Americans to purchase expensive and difficult-to-maintain EVs is imposed upon the unwilling American populace, then EVs will never naturally replace gas-powered cars.

Plus, the US energy grid, as evidenced in California, which has already moved ahead with plans for banning gas-powered vehicles there, is presently incapable of meeting the increased demand on itself that more EVs will place on it. And don’t expect that problem to be ameliorated anytime soon. 

At a time when EV advocates are striving to make their product more popular and readily available to more Americans, a Biden mandate to purchase these cars—even if the federal government provides subsidies to families seeking to purchase such vehicles—will make the majority of Americans resent the product. 

Thus, it might prove to be a setback for EV manufacturers in the long-term.

It’s Not About What Kind of Car You Drive, It’s About Your Pesky Freedom

With each year that Joe Biden is in office, more of our God-given freedoms are stripped away, or at least unnecessarily imposed upon.

Should the octogenarian president, or another Democrat, return to the White House in 2024, the America our children inherit will be less prosperous, less dynamic, and less free. 

They are coming for your cars. The Democrats argue they want to replace it with a better product. But that is not backed up by the data. The market decides what is best (as well as the nation’s infrastructure, which is not currently arrayed to support mass EV use). 

What a thing to be sitting on the Fourth of July holiday, when Americans celebrate the birth of their nation and the freedom our Forefathers won for us against the once-mighty British Empire, discussing yet another way that our federal government seeks to undermine that God-given liberty. 

The next election cannot come soon enough. 

It’s time kick the statist bums out of the government before we lose America forever.

A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.

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Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who recently became a writer for Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.