President Joe Biden has made it a priority to try and force the American people out of their gasoline-fueled cars and trucks and into electric vehicles over the coming years, and even launched an initiative to attain a 50 percent market share for EVs by the year 2030.
Unfortunately for the president, a slave labor bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by Biden himself last year could prove to be a substantial obstacle in the path to Biden’s electric vehicle goals, the Daily Caller reported.
The problem is the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bipartisan measure approved by President Biden that prohibits the import of any and all products derived from the enslaved or forced labor of minority Uyghur Muslims who are brutally oppressed by the communist Chinese regime.
It is a problem because much of the raw materials and components required for the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries come from the Xinjiang Province of China where it is strongly suspected that the Chinese government forces enslaved Uyghur Muslims to mine the resources and construct the basic electronic components that are eventually sold to the U.S. and other Western nations.
Biden wants more electric vehicles
The Daily Caller noted that it was in August 2021 that President Biden issued an executive order establishing the goal of 50 percent market share for sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. by 2030.
Necessary to achieve that goal would be a substantial increase in the import of the raw materials and components required to build millions of electric vehicles and the batteries that power them, but therein lies the problem, since a bulk of those materials and components originate in China’s Xinjiang Province.
The New York Times was the first to report this week that, as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act finally went into effect Tuesday, that law signed by Biden could very well prohibit the import of the necessary goods and resources to meet the president’s electric vehicle goal.
That report outlined the evidence that seemed to support the allegations that China was relying upon forced labor from Uyghur Muslims to produce the materials and resources needed to manufacture EV batteries in the U.S.
Necessary EV components and materials produced by forced slave labor
According to CNBC, some of the millions of oppressed Uyghur Muslims have been forcibly entered into alleged “work transfer” programs under the control of a conglomerate corporation known as Xinjiang Nonferrous Metal Industry, which moves those workers from their traditional homelands to industrial areas in other parts of the country.
That outlet, citing the Times report, revealed, “Xinjiang Nonferrous Metal Industry produces minerals and metals, including lithium, nickel, and copper. It has exported metals to the United States, Germany, U.K., Japan, and India.”
The report added that “thousands of companies could have some link to Xinjiang in their supply chains. If fully enforced, many products, including some needed for electric vehicles, may be stopped at the border.”
Thus, in order for Biden to achieve his incessantly repeated demand that at least half of the American population switch to electric vehicles over the next several years, that accomplishment can only be won on the backs of forced labor from oppressed minorities in a communist regime.