[Editor’s note: As with all folks who made their life car free, or Zero emissions in transit, I wondered why the government was slower at improving the nation’s air quality for children — and all of us. President Biden plans to change this and bring us into the future now. The Biden Administration plans to make government vehicles electric, a move towards becoming zero emissions.]
Thank you, President Biden. EVObsession shares volumes of appreciation from all the pedestrians, bicyclists, and EV drivers:
Remarks by President Biden:
“The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean, electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers, creating millions of jobs — a million autoworker jobs in clean energy — and vehicles that are net-zero emissions.
And together, this will be the largest mobilization of public investment in procurement, infrastructure, and R&D since World War Two.
And with the executive order I’ll be signing today, we’ll increase Buy American requirements for these kinds of projects and improve the way we measure domestic content requirements. For example, right now, if you manufacture a vehicle for the federal government, you need to show that at least 50 percent of the components of that vehicle were made in America. But because of loopholes that have been expanded over time, you can count the least valuable possible parts as part of that 50 percent to say “Made in America,” while the most valuable parts — the engines, the steel, the glass, the manufac- — are manufactured abroad.”
“So basically — but basically we’re batting zero for two. The content threshold of 50 percent aren’t high enough. And the way we measure the content doesn’t account for U.S. jobs and economic activity. We’re going to change that as well.
The executive action I’m signing today will not only require that companies make more of their components in America, but that the value of those components is contributing to our economy, measured by things like a number of American jobs created and/or supported. “
Full Briefing Here
Courtesy of The White House