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EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee warn that the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles will benefit Chinese tech companies and hurt American jobs.
In a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the 16 lawmakers led by Ranking Committee member Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., write that they are reviewing “false allegations” made by the Biden administration regarding the impact of electric cars on the United States. works.
“As Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and an advocate for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles by Americans [electric vehicles]your agency is in a position to explain how Ford’s actions are helping American workers and the economy,” they wrote in the letter, first obtained by Fox News Digital.
Biden has set a goal for electric vehicles to account for half of all vehicle sales in America by 2030, and the Department of Energy in May announced more than $3 billion in funding to bolster the supply chains and expand domestic production of advanced batteries in an effort to meet this goal.
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As a result, according to reports, Ford Motor Co. plans to cut up to 8,000 jobs as the company seeks to force its way into the electric car market. The company also announced that it would obtain electric vehicle batteries from a Chinese company, Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL).
“CATL alone ‘owns a third of the global electric car battery market’. This raises concerns about whether the push for electric vehicles over gasoline-powered vehicles will make America even more dependent on the Chinese Communist Party ( CCP) instead of US energy resources,” the lawmakers wrote.
They call U.S. manufacturers’ reliance on CATL “particularly troubling” because the company is “influential in the Chinese government.”
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The Republicans write: “CATL is considering two plants in Mexico to produce batteries for Ford and other automakers. It is troubling that the administration-approved future of electric vehicles is already eliminating American jobs while benefiting China.
Additionally, lawmakers are questioning the Biden administration’s “mixed messaging” on energy policies – accusing the companies of “both producing too much oil and not enough”.
“You are a strong supporter of a transition to electric vehicles and encourage Americans to make the change. In your testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, you said that increasing domestic production of clean energy ‘was creating a lot of jobs.’ However, Ford’s actions confirm that the opposite is true, and the people who benefit most from the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles are not Americans but our foreign adversaries,” the letter reads.
Lawmakers are calling for a briefing from the secretary by August 31 to address the loss of American jobs and the benefits to China.
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In a recent House hearing, Buttigieg told Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., that “the more we all suffer from high gas prices, the more benefits there are for those who can access the electric vehicle”.
However, critics said it shows how little regard the Biden administration has for the working class.
“We’re all for EV cost reduction because when you have an EV you can also save gas, but first you have to be able to afford it,” Buttigieg explained on the show. Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio station in Los Angeles in an interview in July.
A spokeswoman for Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm told Fox News Digital previously that the secretary “has always been clear about the administration’s efforts to make electric vehicles cheaper to buy so that more Americans can access the economic and climate benefits of electric vehicles.”
The Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the letter.
Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.