Proposed bill questions carbon footprint of electric vehicles

Five Republican senators, including Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, have introduced legislation urging a study of the true carbon footprint of electric vehicles and research on ramifications of widespread electric vehicle usage on the country’s electrical grids.

The Directing Independent Research To Yield Carbon Assessment Regarding Electric Vehicles (DIRTY CAR EV) Act would require the Comptroller General of the United States, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct the study.

Sullivan said that the American public deserves answers about what he said is President Joe Biden’s  administration’s plan to effectively force them to buy electric vehicles.

Sullivan said that according to the International Energy Agency at least 30 times as much lithium, nickel and other key minerals may be required by the electric car industry by 2040 to meet global climate targets. Those metals are among a handful that are considered vital in the manufacture of solar panels, wind turbines and other clean energy technologies.

The new report of the Paris-based organization examining the status of these minerals concluded that today’s supply and investment plans “fall short” of what will be necessary for a widespread clean energy transition.

“Currently China sources most of these minerals, while the Biden Administration has been halting critical mining projects throughout the country, including in Alaska with the Ambler Road project,” Sullivan said. “This is clearly a national security risk. The American people need to know what the full implications of this transition will be – for our wallets, the environment, and most importantly, for our national security.”