May 28, 2022

Manchin slams Biden admin’s EV tax credits as ‘ludicrous’ during supply chain shortage

President Joe Biden, his administration, and Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to aggressively pursue “green energy” alternatives, like electric vehicles (EV), even though America isn’t prepared to fully embrace the technology due to various concerns, including supply chain issues.

According to the Daily Caller, thankfully there exists at least one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who’s willing to give his party a reality check on the issue. That’s exactly what he did during a recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the matter, which was attended by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

Manchin held nothing back as he excoriated Democrats for pushing EV incentives for buyers, which are significant, before addressing critical supply chain issues that will play a critical role in the production of such vehicles here in America.

“There’s a waiting list for EVs right now with the fuel price at $4,” Manchin told Buttigieg at the hearing. “But they still want us to throw $5,000 or $7,000 or $12,000 credit to buy an electric vehicle.”

Manchin added: “It makes no sense to me whatsoever when supply and demand — we can’t produce the product for the people who want it and we’re still going to pay them to take it? It’s absolutely ludicrous in my mind.”

“But I’m thinking we are getting ourselves tangled in a situation that we’re not going to be able to supply … everything that’s going to be needed for this product.”

Buttigieg, in his best attempt to hype the issue, said the Biden administration has “a sense of enormous urgency” in getting the EV program off the ground, given that he believes “the timelines that the physicists have laid out on climate, some of them can — in terms of our action and our need to rise to the challenge — could arguably be measured in months rather than years at this point.”

As it stands, those who have purchased electric vehicles are in 18-month — or more — waiting periods. The president has promised that at least half of all vehicle sales by 2030 will be emissions-free.

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