LANSING — Yesterday, U.S. Energy Secretary and former Michigan Governor returned to Southeast Michigan to highlight President Joe Biden’s new executive order setting a new goal to make half of all vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emission and how the President’s bipartisan infrastructure package will boost job growth in Michigan.
Joined by Representatives Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin at roundtable events and factory tours across the state, Sec. Granholm showcased how President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda will invest billions of dollars in the production of electric vehicles, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and save consumers money as manufacturing of EVs increases in Michigan.
Here’s what folks in Michigan are reading about her visit:
- Granholm had four Michigan stops on her schedule Thursday, including a tour of the Magna Electronics in Holly. The timing of her visit was intentional – Biden announced Thursday his new target of getting 50% of all new vehicles to be electric by 2030, and the Big Three automakers pledged their support.
- “The United States need not rely on other countries – potentially adversaries – for the supplies to make the electric vehicle,” Granholm said. “We want to make the batteries here. We want to make the chips here. We want to make the vehicles here. We want to make the whole thing, soup to nuts.”
- Goals for the Biden administration include building 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations and investing $6 billion in electric battery development and manufacturing.
- “Paired with the President’s ambitious infrastructure plans, today’s executive order will ensure we continue to lead the world on mobility and electrification while highlighting the need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure here in Michigan and across the United States,” Whitmer said, adding that Biden’s action highlights the ability to fight climate change while simultaneously boosting job growth.
- Granholm’s Michigan visit Thursday comes on the day President Biden met with the big 3 and the UAW to make this historic announcement. Granholm along with US Representative Elissa Slotkin toured the Magna Electronics facility in Holly.
- “All of the stuff that the vehicles have inside of them like the stuff that the supplier Magna produces we want that to be made in America,” Granholm said. Granholm says facilities like these are here in Michigan, creating more jobs.
- Representative Slotkin is confident that the money will find its way to the Mitten State with Granholm in the top energy position. “It means that we have the best champion possible to make sure that all those big announcements turn into jobs,” said Slotkin, “And opportunities and money here in our state.”