President Donald Trump has vowed to take action to shut down the Democrats’ radical green agenda on “Day One” of his next term in the White House.
Speaking to striking autoworkers in Michigan on Wednesday, Trump promised the crowd he will “terminate” Democrat President Joe Biden’s “electric vehicle mandate” as soon as he’s sworn into office.
Trump chose to skip the second Republican presidential debate and, instead, made a familiar populist appeal to a crowd of workers in Clinton Township.
During his speech, Trump condemned Biden’s push to eliminate gas-powered cars by forcing manufacturers to produce only electric vehicles.
Critics have long warned that the shift to all-electric will destroy the U.S. auto industry as it will drive much of the manufacturing overseas.
Trump assured the crowd that he will secure their jobs by ending Biden’s radical globalist policies.
Trump, who leads those Republicans he elected not to debate Wednesday by at least 39 points in the latest Economist/YouGov poll, did not appear “incoherent” to anyone else, however.
The 45th president doubled down on the economic nationalism that helped secure him the White House in 2016.
He told autoworkers at Drake Enterprises, a non-unionized automotive parts manufacturer in Macomb County, that the Biden administration was perpetrating a “government assassination” of America’s auto industry.
“Joe Biden claims to be the most pro-union president in history,” Trump said.
He was likely referring to Biden ratifying legislation to block a U.S. railroad strike last year.
“His entire career has been an act of economic treason and union destruction,” Trump continued.
“To the striking workers, I support you and your goal of fair wages and greater stability, and I truly hope you get a fair deal for yourselves and your families,” said Trump.
“But if your union leaders will not demand that crooked Joe repeal his electric vehicle mandate immediately, then it doesn’t matter what hourly wage you get.”
President Biden had spoke to striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line nearby a day earlier.
Biden has set a target to have 50% of all new vehicle sales be electric by 2030.
The move seeks to fall in line with the Agenda 2030 goals of the globalist World Economic Forum (WEF) and the United Nations (UN).
These limits mean that by 2032, EVs will have to make up two-thirds of all new cars sold.
Yen Chen, the principal economist at the Center for Automotive Research, told WBUR-FM that EVs will be job-killers, at least in Michigan.
“[For] traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, you need two major components,” said Chen.
“That’s engine and transmission.
“Of course, along with the engine and transmission, you have a fuel system and exhaust system that go with it.
“Those [do not] not exist in the EV. EV has none of them.
“And in terms of the union and employment, making engine and transmission require a significant amount of the labor to put it together.”
Ernst & Young estimated that vehicles with conventional power trains have as many as 2,000 components in their power trains.
By way of comparison, the drive train of a Tesla reportedly contains only 17 moving parts.
In addition to containing fewer parts, EVs rely on construction techniques that are often more automated.
According to Chen, far fewer workers will be needed for EV production.
The battery industry is also already well-established in Asia, meaning the batteries for EVs will likely be produced in China.
Ford and other industry experts prophesied in 2019 that an estimated 30% less labor will be required to build electric cars, reported CNN.
City Journal recently suggested that “the total EV ecosystem involves more labor per vehicle, though most of the increase is found in the manufacturing chain,” meaning that while jobs may be lost in America, many will likely be created overseas.
During his speech Wednesday, Trump suggested that a wage bump won’t “make a damn bit of difference because in two to three years, [auto workers] will not have one job in this state.”
“[Biden is] selling you out to China,” Trump warned.
“He’s selling you out to the environmental extremists.
“All the radical left people have no idea how bad this going to be also for the environment.
“You can be loyal to American labor or you can be loyal to the environmental lunatics, but you can’t really be loyal to both. …
“Crooked Joe is siding with the left-wing crazies who will destroy automobile manufacturing and will destroy our country itself.”
Trump, who made a show of threatening to eliminate tax credits for EVs while in office, vowed to the crowd in Michigan:
“On Day One, I will terminate Joe Biden’s electric vehicle mandate and I will cancel every job-killing regulation that is crushing American autoworkers.”
Trump vowed also to “unleash a thing called American energy” and “stop the ban on the internal combustion engine.”
Axios reported that Trump-voting states are less likely to embrace EVs.