WASHINGTON—On Thursday, it was announced that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) will not support extending EV tax credits and other climate funding in July as part of a budget reconciliation package.
In response, the Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka released the following statement:
“We are very disappointed to hear that, once again, there is a refusal to take immediate and meaningful action by some members of Congress to advance transportation electrification in the United States. Electric vehicles are crucial to our nation’s economic and national security, reducing our dependence on oil and shifting to vehicles powered by electricity that is domestically and diversely produced.
“As Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to be enabled by oil revenues, it only further spotlights the challenges of U.S. oil dependence and the highly volatile nature of oil markets that are being manipulated by bad actors. We must continue to aggressively pursue policies that will break the monopoly that oil has on transportation by accelerating transportation electrification.
“Americans are already paying higher prices for gas at the pump and there has never been a greater urgency to accelerate transportation electrification. The world is transitioning to cleaner EVs and U.S. manufacturers are building new models that are rolling off assembly lines, but without support from Congress, the United States is at risk of being left behind in this important moment for our economy and national security.
“We need a policy agenda that will advance electric vehicles and urge Senate leadership to ensure the U.S. is a global leader in transportation electrification by supporting incentives to accelerate the market, increase EV infrastructure access, funding to electrify the federal fleet, and manufacturing incentives.
“The Electrification Coalition will continue working with our partners at the federal, state and local levels to ensure that the U.S. continues to pass electrification policies that matter.”
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances policies and actions to facilitate widespread deployment and adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks caused by America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.