Mark Figley: What car will you drive? Biden’s choice, not yours

Joe Biden is an expert on everything and actually knows what kind of car you should be driving. And while it’s bad enough that new cars have been hard to come by and more expensive for some time, you can expect more of the same if Joe has his way. Heck, he might even destroy the auto industry while he’s at it.

Biden just loves his 327 cubic-inch, 350 HP, 1967 Corvette Stingray; although he can’t drive it. Most Americans want to drive gas-powered cars too, but in Joe’s diminished mind, he thinks you should drive an electric car to save the environment instead.

In turn, the Biden regime’s EPA has proposed new rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions for new model car years starting in 2027 through 2032. This means automakers will ultimately have to reduce emissions by a whopping 56% for cars, pickups, vans and SUVs from the original 2026 target.

Adding insult to injury, Joe’s Department of Transportation recently released unrealistic fuel economy standards requiring that passenger cars meet a standard of 66 miles per gallon and light trucks of 55 mpg by 2032. This is nothing less than a political shakedown of American consumers. So strong is this EV push that Joe’s own EPA admits that it will require automakers to make nearly 67% of new vehicles electric in order to comply.

Most Americans prefer gasoline-powered vehicles because they are cheaper in the inflation-charged age of Biden; with EVs costing an average of $11,981 more. According to Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Heritage Center for Energy, Climate and Environment, the EV version of Ford’s F-150 pickup costs $26,000 more than the gasoline-powered one. Tesla’s cheapest EVs start at $39,000 and rise to nearly $100,000 for the most expensive. Yet Joe thinks most people can easily work this into their budgets as casually as he eats ice cream.

At present, problematic electric vehicles account for just 6% of new car purchases. Recharging one can take 45 minutes. And the transition to EVs makes America increasingly dependent on its number one antagonist, China, which dominates the production of lithium and rare-earth minerals necessary for EV batteries.

EV’s are also job killers. Traditional internal combustion components do not exist in an EV, which requires significantly less labor and more automated technology to produce. Ernst and Young estimates that vehicles with conventional power trains have as many as 2,000 components, while a Tesla drive train has only 17 moving parts. Ford, which expects to lose $4.5 billion in 2023, has estimated that 30% less labor will be required to produce electric cars. And the jobs lost by U.S. auto workers will mean more jobs for China.

Obviously none of this matters to Joe Biden, who is beholden to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), environmental alarmists and global elitists who want us to return to the stone age. Even as the Heritage Foundation’s Kevin Dayaratna calculates that the elimination of all fossil fuels in the U.S. would only reduce the temperature 0.2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

For a president who spent all of 12 minutes protesting with striking auto workers (while selling out their long-term interests), wants to make our military vehicles entirely electric and believes that EV’s are where it’s at for America’s consumers, maybe good old Joe has a plan up his sleeve to transform flying through the electrification of Air Force One? After all, nothing is impossible when it comes to saving the planet or creating a legacy for the ages!

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.