Trump steps up EV attacks

Trump has explicitly pitched his anti-EV rhetoric to workers in the auto industry, a major employer in Michigan. In a post on Truth Social last week, the Republican frontrunner claimed that “the Great State of Michigan will not have an auto industry anymore” under Biden’s policies.


“Mexico & Canada LOVE Biden’s idiotic policy. SAVE MICHIGAN and the other Auto States. SAVE THE AMERICAN CONSUMER!!!” he wrote in a second post.


Trump won Michigan in 2016, the first Republican presidential candidate to do so in 28 years, but Biden carried the state in 2020 by a larger margin than Trump’s in the previous election.


The United Auto Workers union has yet to make a 2024 endorsement and has called on the Biden administration to strengthen employment protections for autoworkers amid the transition to EVs.


Biden has sought to bolster the national shift toward electric vehicles as part of his broader efforts to combat air pollution and climate change. 


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule under which two-thirds of new car sales may be electric by 2032. This draft rule would not require a shift to electric vehicles but would limit pollution coming from an automaker’s fleet, and car manufacturers may choose to make their vehicles electric in order to comply. 



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