Concerning the tariff on Chinese EVs and solar cells
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Concerning the tariff on Chinese EVs and solar cells

To: Pres. Biden, Sen. Murray, Sen. Cantwell, Rep. Strickland

From: A verified voter in Puyallup, WA

May 15

I am troubled by these tariffs on EVs and solar cell technology. While we don’t want heavily Chinese government subsidized goods to completely undercut local manufacturing and create a monopoly market for American consumers, I also feel that it is protecting American companies that are not interested in creating competitive EVs and solar cells that many more American consumers would purchase if there was an option that was in their price range. GM, Ford, and Stellantis are all rolling back their EV deployment timelines and insisting Hybrids are the only thing they can sell to the American market in the near term, but study after study shows that so many Americans are interested in buying EVs if they were just priced affordably. The Big 3 want to keep EVs a luxury product with high profit margins, and dealerships want to keep more Americans buying cars with complicated internal combustion engines that require more regular maintenance that will keep their service departments busy. If China can figure out how to cough up an electric car that works well and has a $12,000 sticker price, then surely American companies can deliver electric cars under $25k if given some incentive to do so with some healthy competition. All that is to say this move to put huge tariffs on EVs and Solar Panels from China, while it’s understandable to a degree, smacks of Government protectionism of large, bloated American corporations at the expense of the American consumer. How’s that working out for Boeing right now?

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