Joe Biden thinks electric vehicles are a way of moving the nation away from fossil fuels and helping the environment, but a senior fellow on environmental policy thinks that'll be a hard idea to sell to many American consumers.
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.d., of The Heartland Institute tells One News Now he has seen no evidence that people want to move to electric cars.
"A lot of elites, intellectuals who think they know better how everyone ought to live, do this," Burnett notes. "But when people go out and make purchases every day, more than four million vehicles a year, one to two percent of those are electric cars. So, not a lot of people want us to move to electric cars."
Even if there was a large and growing demand, Burnett says the infrastructure for that has to be built.
"Minnesota in the winter and New Mexico or California deserts in the summer saps batteries faster than normal driving," says Burnett. "You want to be stuck out there with a battery-powered car and no charging station within 60 or 70 or 100 miles?"
This may be among the reasons why Biden thinks former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) is a good choice for treasury secretary. Politico, The Washington Post, and other news outlets point out that Granholm has experience working with automakers and might lean on that to encourage more production of electric vehicles and the installment of more charging stations.
"We'd have to build that infrastructure, and for them to have their way, we'd have to build it in amazingly fast time," says Burnett.
That would require government mandates as well as huge government funding and tax increases, because in Burnett's words, "government funding doesn't fall like manna from heaven."