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Main Topic: Automakers Prepare For A Biden Win
Dear Diary. My view on central governments from all across the planet is that they should be watchdogs to ensure that various private companies don’t make conditions worse for the general public. I’m all for entrepreneurial capitalism, but when greed runs roughshod over the health of the environment, a central authority needs to step in with good regulations. If a company can’t change its polluting ways via better technology it should get regulated out of business. A Biden Administration would be very much in keeping with my view on the relationship between big government and big business.
As of 2020 we are seeing better and better batteries that need less time in between charges and can deliver much more power to all vehicles. The proverbial writing is on the old wall. Internal combustion engines are on their way out of our lives just like the horse and buggy combo became history shortly after the year 1900. Regardless of the climate crisis, it behooves automakers to switch to EV’s ASAP because they afford customers a clean non-polluting form of transportation that is non cancerous and healthy for our lungs.
Elections do have consequences. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Biden will win in a landslide, and that his transition into office will be smooth and peaceful. Automakers have already hedged their bets that Biden will win and are making plans accordingly. Here is more from Reuters:
Less carbon, more electric vehicles: automakers prepare for potential Biden win
By David Shepardson, Tina Bellon
6 MIN READ
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Automakers are gearing up for tough new vehicle emissions rules and policies favoring electric vehicles if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the White House.
Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump both need the votes of auto workers in Midwestern swing states such as Michigan and Ohio, and both say they want automakers to create more auto jobs in the United States, rather than Mexico or China.
From there, Trump’s and Biden’s policies for autos and transportation diverge, presenting automakers with very different sets of risks and rewards.
If elected, Biden is expected to quickly reinstate the legal basis for California’s zero-emission vehicle rules and begin the process of reversing the Trump administration’s decision to ease fuel efficiency and carbon emission requirements through 2025. Automakers could also face sharply higher penalties for failing to meet fuel-efficiency requirements. The Trump administration rolled back those penalties, which the industry said saved at least $1 billion in annual compliance costs, but a federal appeals court in August reversed the administration action.
However, Biden’s positions offer the auto industry some offsetting gains. Under Trump, the White House rejected new tax credits for electric vehicles while making it easier to sell gas-guzzling SUVs. Biden promises new tax incentives including rebates to buy EVs and a dramatic expansion of charging stations for electric vehicles – policy measures automakers have long advocated.
Days after Trump won the 2016 election, the trade group representing major automakers in Washington called on him to reconsider fuel-efficiency standards proposed by the outgoing Obama administration, and backed by California and other coastal states.
Now, the industry is divided. Ford Motor Co F.N, Honda Motor Co 7267.T, Volkswagen AG VOWG_p.DE and others struck a compromise deal with California on emissions requirements, while General Motors Co GM.N, Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCHA.MI sided with Trump in an effort to freeze out California and roll back emissions requirements.
One question will be whether automakers who backed the Trump rollback continue their legal fight in the courts should he lose his re-election bid.
John Bozzella, who heads an auto industry trade group, said in a statement automakers are “committed to a cleaner, safer, smarter future and we understand the importance of working with all parties to achieve these goals.” Who constitutes “all parties” could change if Biden wins. Environmental groups and unions want more prominent roles in determining auto policy.
The automotive industry traditionally donates more to U.S. Republican lawmakers. And while 60% of automotive campaign contributions have flowed to Republican candidates in 2020, the gap has narrowed from 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
GM in 2019 drew the ire of Trump for its decision to close an Ohio car assembly plant as part of a larger plan to shut down four North American factories and cut 15,000 jobs. Trump eventually took credit for GM selling the plant to an electric pickup truck company and promising to invest $700 million in the battleground state.
On Tuesday, GM said it is investing $2 billion in six U.S. facilities and would build its new Cadillac electric SUV at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant.
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents thousands of auto workers, said Biden is committed to bringing various groups together to reach agreement on emissions rules.
Dingell added if automakers made an emissions proposal it would be seen as a “floor” for negotiations, “so I think it’s got to come out from the environmentalist community and the unions working together.”
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union, representing more than 400,000 active members, in April reliably endorsed the presidential Democratic candidate. But nearly a third of UAW members defied their union’s recommendation in the 2016 election by voting for Trump.
SHIFT TO EVs
UAW members are skeptical of open trade deals, and are concerned a shift to electric vehicles, combined with tougher emissions standards for the trucks and SUVs many of them build, will mean fewer jobs.
The UAW told Reuters that what is needed is “a transition to EV production that takes full advantage of economic opportunities and ensures that there are quality manufacturing jobs for tens of thousands of American workers that currently work on gas and diesel powered engines.”
California wants to ban all gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035 and on Friday a New Jersey state environmental agency recommended the state ensure all passenger vehicles sold by 2035 are electric to meet emissions goals. Some lawmakers are considering tax credits to help convert some engine and other auto facilities into building electric vehicle components.
“Climate-friendly policies and a good economy are not at loggerheads,” said U.S. Representative Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat whose district just north of Detroit is a presidential campaign battleground.
Trump has sought to capitalize on fears about electric vehicles. He has falsely said Biden backed a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles. Trump told Fox Business News in an interview last week that Democrats would “like to go one car per family and make it all electric.”
Democrats have not called for any limit on cars per family.
Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Joseph White and Matthew Lewis
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