Former Trump economic adviser Moore warns Biden, activists' push for EVs overlooks risk of fires
"Once upon a time the left’s mantra was "no trading blood for oil." Now they are willing to trade blood in exchange for getting Americans to stop using oil," Moore wrote.
Economist and former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore thinks the push by President Biden and supportive green activists to move Americans out of gasoline-burning vehicle and into electric one ignores the physical dangers of EVs including fires.
Moore, in an opinion story published Tuesday in BizPac Review, said "thousands" of U.S. motorists could die if the Biden agenda succeeds.
Moore writes that green activists "are pushing aside any concerns about the collateral damage of deaths and injuries" from EVs, adding that Biden wants to "mandate that nearly ALL new cars sold in the U.S. be EVs by 2032."
"If that happens, many thousands of Americans may die or will be inured from electric vehicle fires," Moore concludes.
He cited the situation in New York City, which has posted 108 fires from lithium-ion batteries – used to power EVs – this year, killing 13 people and injuring 66 more.
Most the incidents appear to be related to residents, including delivery people, recharging their electric scooters in apartment buildings.
In 2021, tens of thousands of EVs were recalled for fire-related concerns.
"It’s happening all over the country as these blazes have become commonplace," Moore said. "Cars and e-bikes are randomly blowing up in driveways and garages."
In 1979, the now-infamous Three Mile Island had a nuclear power plant accident in which nobody died, but new domestic plants weren’t built for three decades, which Moore attributed in part to activists’ outcries.
"All this is especially hypocritical because once upon a time the left’s mantra was "no trading blood for oil." Now they are willing to trade blood in exchange for getting Americans to stop using oil," he said.
Moore concluded that an EV ban isn’t something he would favor but expressed a desire for policies to be crafted "based on real and factual risk assessments, not false scares and sensationalism."
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