Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Air Quality

Trump Administration Attacks Cleantech Policies 90% Of Americans Support — #Not #Smart

Donald Trump isn’t unpopular enough. His latest attempt to woo the American public (aside from attacking US heroes and his longtime right-hand man) is apparently to eliminate support for true energy independence, energy security, clean air, and clean water through electric vehicles and clean energy.

Apparently, Donald Trump isn’t unpopular enough. His latest attempt to woo the American public (aside from attacking US heroes and his longtime right-hand man) is for his administration to hate on US government support for true energy independence, energy security, clean air, and clean water through electric vehicles and clean energy.

Yep, the Donald Trump administration thinks it is smart to oppose what the vast majority of Americans (even Republican voters) support.

This is after trying to create new subsidies for coal and nuclear power (since they are no longer competitive and Republican swamp things want new dirty power plants).

This is despite the fact that the Trump administration has not lifted a finger to cut billions of dollars a year in fossil fuel subsidies (including through externalities).

Study after study has found that Americans of all stripes strongly favor government support for solar energy, wind energy, and electric vehicles. There is vast support for EV, solar, and wind subsidies to boost these clean, economically beneficial, young industries. The Trump administration’s opposition to them doesn’t at all go with the flow of public opinion and preference. But hey, isn’t that the norm for his crew? They have also opposed the Affordable Care Act and weakened it; cut regulations protecting our air, water, and climate; cost the US thousands of jobs via counterproductive tariffs; and done essentially nothing else while in power aside from cutting taxes on the super wealthy.

Who does it help to eliminate support for clean transport and clean energy? Oil, gas, and coal billionaires and millionaires who would rather see slower clean energy and electric vehicle growth. Those oil, gas, and coal billionaires and millionaires donate heavily to the Republican Party and some of them are “friends” with Donald Trump.

The sort of funny (and ridiculous + petty) thing about this news is that it seems to be partly in retaliation to GM for GM’s recent announcements about factory closures. The funny part of that is that Trump’s administration (through Larry Kudlow) is talking about ending the EV tax credit in 2020–2021, but GM is passing the critical 200,000 vehicle milestone this quarter … which means that GM buyers won’t be eligible for the tax credit by then anyway, which means retaining the tax credit would benefit other automakers that have been slower to stimulate purchases of EVs (not GM).

The other funny thing is the While House has no authority to end any of these incentives. As The Hill puts it, “It’s unclear how the administration plans to cut the tax credits, since Congress enacted them and would have to act to end them.”

So, wait, the Trump administration can’t eliminate the subsidies? So what’s the point of all this anti-cleantech talk? All I can guess is it’s another attempt to drive down Trump’s pitifully low approval rating, which is indeed far too high for what Donald has done in the White House.

Charts via Open Secrets

Note: Ignore the Renault Zoe in the picture at the top. 😉

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


You May Also Like


Last year, Colorado saw its EV uptake pass the symbolically important 10% marker. In the end, 10.5% of new vehicle sales in Colorado were...


The classification decisions made by the Treasury are not consistent with either the letter or intent of the Inflation Reduction Act, are unfair to...


In an effort to clear up confusion about the new federal tax credit for electric cars, the IRS has issued new guidelines for taxpayers.


The question of the hour is, when is an SUV not an SUV? If you are Cadillac, the answer can make a significant difference...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.