(CNSNews.com) - President Biden has looked into the future, and as he sees it, it comes with batteries.
"Look, folks, you know, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified," Biden told a gathering at the Detroit auto show on Wednesday.
"Whether you’re driving coast to coast along the I-10 or on I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be up and as easy to find as gas stations are now. We’re also going to be investing $7 billion to make American car companies and have the batteries and other critical materials they need."
Biden came into office promising a network of 500,000 charging stations, all of which will be installed by union workers, he said on Wednesday. He put a $7.5 billion price tag on those charging stations.
"It used to be — used to be that to buy an electric car, you had to make all sorts of compromises, but not now," Biden said:
"Thanks to American ingenuity, American engineers, American autoworkers, that’s all changing. Today, if you want an electric vehicle with a long range, you can buy one made in America. If you want one that charges quickly, buy American. You want one that’s fast in the quarter mile, buy American.
"So — by the way, while we’re here in Detroit building in America, we’re making it easier for folks at home to buy it here in America. Companies have announced new investments of more than $36 billion in electric vehicles and $48 billion in batteries manufacturing in the U.S.
“And we’re just getting started. I signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act. It gives tax credits to new electric vehicles — fuel cell vehicles made in America.
“And for the first time, you can get a tax credit if you buy a used electric vehicle. That’s all coming."
The Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act includes a $7,500 tax credit at the point of sale for new EVs assembled in North America and $4,000 for used EVs.
But, as Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Sean Hannity Wednesday night: "If electric vehicles are so swell, why does the government have to pay people to drive them? Food for thought," Kennedy said.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Laura Ingraham, they're not really electric-powered vehicles: "It's coal powered vehicles, natural gas powered vehicles, because the electricity comes from somewhere."
Cotton also criticized President Biden's "war on American energy, on oil and gas and coal.
"Rather than Europe facing a dark cold winter, we could be supplying them with natural gas to help power their homes and power their factories.
“Yet we're waging war here in America on our own domestic production while at the same time we are making ourselves beholden and dependent on Chinese energy, because China has most of the world's so-called green energy technology market cornered."
Cotton noted that Russia is now looking to China to buy Russian oil, to keep Putin's economy afloat. And that creates the "conditions for Russia and China to grow closer together, which is gravely dangerous for America's freedom, safety and prosperity," Cotton said.