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Biden’s DEI Policies Zap Electric Vehicle Charging Station Construction

Biden’s DEI Policies Zap Electric Vehicle Charging Station Construction

DEI mandates are also hurting implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act, a bipartisan measure that is designed to enhance U.S. semiconductor supply chains.

In 2021, Biden came into office promising the construction of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030.

We are less than 6 years away, yet only 7 have been built. The situation is so dire that even Democratic senators are complaining.

Just seven electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations have begun operating with funding from a $5-billion U.S. government program created in 2021, marking “pathetic” progress, a Democratic senator said on Wednesday.

Automakers and others say drastically expanding EV-charging stations is crucial to the wide deployment of electric vehicles, which are part of the Biden Administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The seven EV-charging stations deployed to date under a 2021 U.S. program consist of a few dozen total charging ports, said Shailen Bhatt, who heads the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), at a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing.

“That is pathetic. We’re now three years into this … That is a vast administrative failure,” said Senator Jeff Merkley [D-OR]. “Something is terribly wrong and it needs to be fixed.”

What is the reason for the discrepancy between the ambitious goal and the disastrous reality? The Washington Free Beacon obtained internal memos from the Department of Transportation and interviewed those responsible for overseeing the project’s implementation to find out.

It turns out that the administration’s own “Diversity—Equity—Inclusion” initiatives are stalling EV Charging Station construction.

Shortly after taking office, the president signed an executive order mandating that the beneficiaries of 40 percent of all federal climate and environmental programs should come from “underserved communities.” The order also established the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which monitors agencies such as the Department of Transportation to ensure the “voices, perspectives, and lived realities of communities with environmental justice concerns are heard in the White House and reflected in federal policies, investments, and decisions.”

In order to qualify for a grant, applicants must “demonstrate how meaningful public involvement, inclusive of disadvantaged communities, will occur throughout a project’s life cycle.” What “public involvement” means is unclear. But the Department of Transportation notes it should involve “intentional outreach to underserved communities.”

That outreach, the Department of Transportation states, can take the form of “games and contests,” “visual preference surveys,” or “neighborhood block parties” so long as the grant recipient provides “multilingual staff or interpreters to interact with community members who use languages other than English.”

“This all just slows down construction,” says Jim Meigs, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who focuses on federal regulation.

The DEI mandates are also hindering the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act, a bipartisan measure designed to enhance U.S. semiconductor supply chains and support private-sector investment in domestic research and manufacturing.

“If you look through the notice of funding opportunity, which is the Commerce Department’s requirements in order to get funding, there’s literally the word diversity, equity and inclusion and DEI requirements littered throughout,” said Chris Nicholson, head of research at the firm Strive Asset Management. Strive, which was founded by former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, has more than $1 billion in assets.

“Although this money is announced in some sense, it’s not even going to be given,” said Nicholson, who has researched the semiconductor industry. “That’s the key here. It’s not even going to be given unless [funding recipients], step by step, they meet, and they prove they’re meeting all of these DEI requirements.”

…According to [Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-IN)] memo, applicants for CHIPS for America funding must have a plan to employ ex-convicts, expand employment opportunities for people with “limited English proficiency,” hire more women for construction jobs, and produce a plan for contracting “diverse suppliers” that are women- and minority-owned.

In addition, applicants for large grants must guarantee “affordable, accessible, reliable, and high quality” child care for all workers, including all construction workers, allowing CHIPS and Science Act funding to be used for child care center construction.

It would be karmic if the Biden administration were to end because its agenda was thwarted by the race-based rules it embraced.


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E Howard Hunt | June 14, 2024 at 7:06 am

Why is an administration that operates in a fantasy land so obsessed with lived realties?

The Gentle Grizzly | June 14, 2024 at 7:40 am

If electric vehicles are so whiz-bang great, there’d be plenty of private capital being invested in charging stations and other service venues required for them.

This is just more transfter of tax money into The Right Picket and nothing more.

    Exactly correct. There was no shortage of private capital flooding into the automobile industry after Ford pioneered interchangeability. Private investors understood once it was demonstrated that cars could be made cheaply and reliably enough to be a sound alternative to the horse & buggy, the horse & buggy died with no government intervention needed.

    Did the government subsidize a single gas station, ever? Nope. And yet, less than a decade after the Model T’s introduction, gas stations were nearly ubiquitous across the country.

    Where I live … AH’s are coming in at night and cutting the cables to steel the copper …

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to PODKen. | June 15, 2024 at 9:06 am

      Do they all have those ridiculous little under-the-nose toothbrush moustaches? Oh! Not THAT kind of AH…

    If electric vehicles were so whiz-bang great Biden would be driven around in an electric limousine.

DeweyEyedMoonCalf | June 14, 2024 at 7:51 am

Just because nothing of value is being achieved, does not mean that vast truck loads of our money is not pouring out and going somewhere.

    Joe-dallas in reply to DeweyEyedMoonCalf. | June 14, 2024 at 10:10 am

    Liberals believe keynsian economics is still valid. All government money spend stimulates the economy and leads to growth. Effective spending can have a multiplier effect of 1.1 to 1.3. Stupid spending will have a multiplier effect in 0.9 to 0.8. guess which side of the equation most government spending falls on

      CommoChief in reply to Joe-dallas. | June 14, 2024 at 10:31 am

      I ain’t sure they understand Keynesian economics at all based upon their refusal to cut gov’t spending in a ‘good economy’. Even Keynes didn’t advocate for unlimited and ever higher gov’t spending in perpetuity regardless of the strength/weakness of the private sector. As with everything else the d/prog are prone to cherry pick the parts of data and philosophy they like while ignoring the parts that don’t support their policy preferences.

        Joe-dallas in reply to CommoChief. | June 14, 2024 at 11:05 am

        Commo – The problem which you alluded to is that today’s woke individuals which is almost all the democrat party, dont understand (ignore etc) the part about cutting govt spending in good economic times.

        Gotta spend money which enriches the public sector leaches.

    It is unlikely to be your money being spent. It is more likely to be money from kids that haven’t been born yet.

As far as I can tell, construction on a huge new Intel chip plant nearby has abruptly stopped until DEI requirements disappear.

Biden green new deal is trillion dollar fraud. Won’t lower temps by 1 degree.

    Paula in reply to smooth. | June 14, 2024 at 3:34 pm

    It won’t lower the temperature none, but it will lower our standard of living to the point where illegals will be better off staying in their third world countries.

Capitalist-Dad | June 14, 2024 at 9:05 am

Who cares how desperate the Demo-Nazi regime is to find cronies on which to lavish EV charging station construction funds, or how slowly this particular waste of money is going? The real point is in what FREE country does the government mandate purchase of a product no one wants?

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Capitalist-Dad. | June 14, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    I demand that EV Charging Stations be built in underserved communities. That will make sure diversity and equity are the hallmark of all government spending. I also demand that the companies that build EV Stations be based in underserved communities.

    What? The majority of EVs are purchased by people making an average annual income of $150,000 per year?


      henrybowman in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | June 14, 2024 at 6:31 pm

      You miss the point. The engineering firms who get these massive grants have to promise that 20% of the money has to be spent on block parties to entertain people who vote Democrat..

destroycommunism | June 14, 2024 at 12:48 pm

even ovomit had to admit that the “shovel ready$$$$$$$$$ program

yielded 2 or 3 jobs

no such thing as a budget to a lefty

(election time propaganda aside)

Now tell us how much power generation has been added during the Biden years!

You know that $5 bil is pissed away, right?

    henrybowman in reply to Lanceman. | June 14, 2024 at 6:32 pm

    Coulda been worse. Coulda been given to Zelensky to manufacture more dead Ukrainians. This way, at least a few Americans got a block party out of it.

Wouldn’t that money be better spent to get pay raises to our soldiers?