In appeal to auto workers, Trump warns that Biden’s EV mandates will lead to fewer well-paying jobs
Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s electric vehicle mandate during his speech on Sept. 27 in Michigan to members of the United Auto Workers (UAW), who are currently on strike.
“[Biden] wants electric vehicle mandates that will spell the death of the U.S. auto industry,” Trump told a group of UAW workers in Clinton Township, a northern suburb of Detroit.
Electric vehicle mandates are a sensitive issue for the UAW, which started a strike last month against the Big Three auto manufacturers of General Motors, Ford and Stellantis over dissatisfaction with pay and benefits amid the Biden administration-fueled inflation crisis and wage stagnation. (Related: United Auto Workers union goes on strike against Big Three automakers – another sign that Bidenomics is a costly failure.)
“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, who believes the UAW workers should get no less than a 40 percent pay increase, saying that they deserve a “lot more” than they are getting.
“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. It just doesn’t make a difference because in two to three years, you will not have one job in this state.”
Trump vying for support of powerful UAW union
While the UAW supported Biden during the 2020 presidential election, the organization does not plan on supporting him for the 2024 presidential election, stating “concerns with the electric vehicle transition” he has started.
Although Biden has pledged “to be the most pro-worker and pro-union president in American history,” the UAW has grumbled that federal subsidies for auto companies have not resulted in “top wages and benefits” for auto workers.
The UAW is also worried that climate regulations passed by the Biden administration to hasten a transition to electric vehicles will hurt auto worker jobs because jobs in electric car factories pay significantly less and need less than half the number of employees required for a traditional car assembly plant.
“The EV transition is at serious risk of becoming a race to the bottom,” warned UAW President Shawn Fein. “We want to see national leadership have our back on this before we make any commitments.”
Trump himself warned that “by most estimates … 40 percent of auto jobs will disappear under Biden’s mandates,” under which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can cover the amount of pollution released by the cars each manufacturer sells.
The former president also stressed the impracticality of electric cars, which make driving long distances hard.
“These are built specifically for people who want to take very short trips. They say the happiest day when you buy an electric car is the first 10 minutes, you’re driving it. And then after that, panic sets in because you’re worried, ‘Where the hell am I going to get a charge to keep this thing going?'”
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