Democrats’ EV Network and Biden vs. Buttigieg

Grind for February 11th
“You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love; you have to deserve your father’s.”

– Robert Frost

Deja Vu

The Headline

House Democrats want to build a nationwide network of EV charging stations

The Grind

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is at it again.

This week, alongside Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), Ocasio-Cortez introduced an ambitious proposal to build a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles. The entire project would be finished in less than five years.

Ocasio-Cortez claims the project would create thousands of jobs while moving us closer to a future without gas-powered cars. As it stands, each automaker has its own charging stations installed wherever it chooses. Not all stations are compatible with all EVs.

“There is just no way that we will get to broad-scale adoption of EVs until we crush range anxiety and then it will happen precipitously,” said Levin, a former green energy entrepreneur.

The Details

The EV Freedom Act seeks to create a dependable network of charging stations along America’s highways. These stations would utilize the latest technology and maintain compatibility with all types of electric vehicles while preserving payment security. Ideally, charging an EV would take no longer than filling a traditional gas tank.

“President Eisenhower once implemented a radical idea – a system of highways that would bring America together,” said Levin. “Six decades later, it’s time to expand on that idea and bring America’s infrastructure into the 21st century. If we are to avoid the doomsday scenario of climate change, we have to transform our transportation system and end our reliance on fossil fuels. By doing so, we have the tremendous opportunity to supercharge our economy and create the jobs of the future, further unify our country in a sustainable way, and lead the world in green energy infrastructure.”

Democrats and environmentalists are hoping for a full transition to EVs by 2035 at the latest.

“This is the infrastructure bill that we need to be rallying around,” argues Ocasio-Cortez. “A lot of naysayers will say, ‘They are trying to get rid of cars.’ Well, we’re not trying to get rid of cars. We’re trying to actually advance and improve our fleets…we have to go electric.”

Pointing Fingers

The Headline

Joe Biden’s latest advertisement mocks Pete Buttigieg

The Grind

Polls suggest the New Hampshire primary (Feb. 11) will be a race between candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Earlier this month, Buttigieg defeated Sanders in the Iowa caucus by a single delegate.

These numbers represent a major failure for former vice president Joe Biden, who has been leading in nationwide averages for months.

The Details

This weekend, Biden launched an online video ad comparing his achievements – including the Affordable Care Act and the Iran nuclear deal – to Buttigieg’s achievements; namely, the installation of lights and decorative brick in public spaces.

“We’re electing a president. What you’ve done matters,” says the ad.

Buttigieg addressed the insulting ad Sunday during an event in Nashua, New Hampshire: “As some folks would say, what business does a mayor have running for president? You don’t have an office in Washington, DC, you don’t have decades of establishment experience, you’re not even from one of the biggest cities in the United States,” said Buttigieg. “To which I say, that’s very much the point. We need to bring new voices to Washington, DC.”

During his own event in New Hampshire, Biden told supporters that it would be a major risk for the Democratic Party if they nominated a candidate “who has never held a higher office than mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”

According to the latest polls of New Hampshire voters, Joe Biden remains in fourth place with 10%-12% support behind Elizabeth Warren, who has between 13% and 17%.

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are in first or second place, depending on the poll.

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