Earlier this month, the Biden administration unveiled a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would require two out of every three cars sold in the United States to be electric by 2032.
On the last episode of “Newt’s World” featuring U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn), former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich said gas cars make up 93% of current car sales, and the average electric vehicle (EV) costs $64,000 versus around $20,000 for a traditional gas-powered car. He asked Tuberville what he thought about the push to force Americans to buy EVs and how it would impact the country.
"It's about total control by the Democratic Party and the far left, this climate agenda that they have with John Kerry running all over the world preaching the world's coming to an end," Tuberville said. "Since the 1960s they've predicted something every 10 years is going to happen. They've been dead wrong on all of it, and they're dead wrong on this. This country … was built on cheap energy, and we've got an abundance of fossil fuels in this country and other places. We're actually putting a restraint on everybody in this world by us not fully implementing the fossil fuels we have in this country… John Kerry says, 'We're going to get this [agenda] to a point where there's no return,' and that's exactly what they're trying to do."
Tuberville said he's spoken with electric car manufacturers across the country, including in Alabama, asking them about materials sourcing and other issues.
"I went to several car manufacturers a couple weeks ago, even in my state, and they're transitioning to a huge amount of EV cars. And I said, 'First of all, where are you going to get your batteries from? Who's going to charge these things?'" he said. "There is no common sense to this, Newt. There's no plan. All their plan is to get everybody under the control of the federal government and force people to go the EV route, which people can't afford it… The expense is unbelievable, they're not going to be able to charge it, and we can't make enough electricity for all these things… It's the same thing every day I hear from this Biden administration and the Democrats is 'We're going to do it for the American people.' They're not doing it for the American people; they're doing it for the government, and if we don't stop it we're going to be in huge trouble."
Last November, Gov. Kay Ivey launched the Drive Electric Alabama campaign and announced several large projects to increase EV production in the state. Kenneth Boswell, the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, said Alabama is slated to receive $79 million in federal funding over the next five years to go toward installing charging stations and other EV projects.
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