President Joe Biden announced his major executive order targeted at reaching 50% electric vehicles by the year 2030.
Though the announcement was met with some skepticism, it’s significant in that it marks the most aggressive presidential pledge of its kind in recent history.
“Importantly, we have announcements today from automakers representing nearly the entire auto industry market…who have positioned around the ambition that of 40 to 50 percent of all vehicles sold by 2030 in America being electric,” Biden said in his announcement with several leading carmakers.
“This is a big deal,” he added.
Big deal indeed, so who is missing?
None other than Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, the largest maker of electric vehicles in the nation.
Ford (F), GM and Stellantis (STLA) were all invited. Of course, those companies, unlike Tesla, are all major union worker companies.
The non-union Tesla didn’t make the cut despite it being the original pioneer for electric cars.
“Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited,” Musk noted on Twitter.
Musk went on to agree with comments from others who said Tesla treats its workers so well it doesn’t need a union.
“Reality is total opposite of what detractors say!” he said. “Biggest challenge is recruiting enough people to build cars. SF Bay Area essentially has negative unemployment, so people at our factory have several other job offers. If they weren’t treated well, they would leave immediately!”
Aside from Musk’s absence, some took issue with Biden’s executive order, saying it helps China because China is the primary manufacturer of electric batteries. The order also raises questions about charging stations, whether Americans can afford new electric vehicles and what to do about the environmental toll of mining for the materials needed to make the batteries. (Story continues below.)
The issue is sure to kick off a renewed debate surrounding energy sources.
“America achieved energy independence by tapping into our own abundant natural resources,” said the energy workers advocates Power the Future. “But, the Biden Administration’s radical climate agenda will force us to extend well beyond our means, sacrificing the economic and geopolitical benefits that we fought so hard to achieve.”