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Car Dependency Baked Into Joe Biden’s $2 Trillion Climate Plan – Forbes


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden revealed details of a $2 trillion climate plan on July 14. Biden unveiled the aggressive plan—which is the second part of his “Build Back Better” proposal—during a speech at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.

His plan majors on “clean” energy and jobs, and would be fast-tracked through Congress if Biden was elected U.S. president in November.

“When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax’,” said Biden.

“When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs’.”

Biden said his proposal would create one million jobs in electric vehicle manufacturing. The plan would also create subsidized replacement schemes for electric cars to wean Americans away from gasoline.

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The presidential hopeful is currently riding high in polls. It is likely that many of those who’ll be voting for him in November will be doing so to eject from the White House the distinctly ungreen President Donald Trump.

However, for all his talk about also investing in light rail networks, eco buses, e-scooters and “installing infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists”—initiatives which got passing mentions in today’s speech—it’s clear that a Biden presidency won’t tackle America’s chronic dependency on cars and will likely make it worse.

Electric cars do nothing to combat traffic congestion.

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In a seven-point plan, car dependency is assured in the first two items. “Build a Modern Infrastructure,” point number one in Biden’s plan, involves upgrading America’s roads and bridges, mainly to benefit motorists.

The second point—“Position the U.S. Auto Industry to Win the 21st Century with technology invented in America—wraps car dependency in Trump-style “America first” nationalism.

Biden’s “Clean Cars For America” proposal aims to subsidize U.S. consumers with rebates to swap old, less-efficient vehicles for “newer American vehicles built from materials and parts sourced in the United States.”

Other spending commitments on automobile infrastructure include building 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

Biden is very much a “car guy.”

“I shouldn’t say this on television,” said the then-vice president in a 2016 episode of Jay Leno’s Garage before doing a “burnout” in his ’67 Corvette Stingray, “but I like speed.”

Earlier, an Onion spoof picked up on the fact that Biden likes “muscle” cars. “They don’t make kick-ass T-tops like this anymore, sweetheart,” Biden was supposed to have said in the 2009 article headlined “Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am In White House Driveway.”

Biden’s father was a successful used-car salesman.

As vice president, Biden helped usher in the U.S.’s stricter emissions standards for automobiles, but, as Delaware’s senator, he spent several years fighting against higher fuel efficiency standards. He voted at least five times against raising standards for tailpipe emissions. The League of Conservation Voters scored his legislative career as 83% “green”— a fifth of his anti-environment votes involved transportation.



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