Like all Democrats, Joe Biden loves to spend working class Americans’ tax dollars on all sorts of special interests that have no impact on improving their lives.
But he had to bend over backwards and do all sorts of mental gymnastics to come up with this scheme.
And now Americans are flying off the handle when they learn how Joe Biden manipulated this ancient law to funnel their tax dollars to one jarring recipient.
In a move that’s sending shockwaves throughout the nation, President Joe Biden just spent a whopping $169 million – thanks to the Cold War-era Defense Production Act – on electric heat pumps.
The ambitious plan, announced jointly by the Biden White House and the Department of Energy (DOE), aims to revolutionize domestic manufacturing, making electric heat pumps the new kid on the residential heating block.
Biden Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm championed the initiative, touting the “historic” investment as a game-changer in efficient heating and cooling technology.
Granholm asserted that flooding the market with American-made electric heat pumps would not only save money for families and businesses, but also pave the way for thousands of high-quality manufacturing jobs.
The White House’s clean energy czar, John Podesta, joined the chorus, emphasizing the awards’ potential to grow domestic manufacturing, create jobs, and boost American competitiveness in future industries.
However, not everyone is buying into the narrative.
Critics, like Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Ben Lieberman, have labeled the move “shameful corporate welfare.”
Lieberman contends that, contrary to the regime’s claims, there’s no shortage of heat pumps.
He argues that government interference, veiled under the climate change banner, is unnecessary and infringes on consumers’ right to choose their preferred energy sources.
The controversy doesn’t stop there.
The Biden DOE’s recent regulations targeting traditional gas-powered furnaces have added fuel to the fire.
Slated to take effect in 2028, these regulations mandate a significant increase in annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for furnaces, jumping from the current market standard of 80% to a whopping 95%.
This move specifically targets non-condensing gas furnaces, the more budget-friendly option, potentially eliminating them from the market.
Critics argue that such stringent regulations may result in increased installation costs for consumers who opt for the remaining condensing furnaces.
Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the American Gas Association, expressed deep disappointment, stating that the Defense Production Act is being misused to advance an agenda that contradicts the nation’s strong energy position.
Harbert emphasized the role of natural gas in emissions reduction and energy system resilience, calling for a fair assessment of the Act’s impact.
The invocation of the Defense Production Act, a relic from the Cold War, has become a common tool in Biden’s climate agenda.
The Biden regime contends that these measures are crucial to combating climate change, framing it as a national emergency.
However, critics like Lieberman argue that the Act is being misused to push a policy agenda rather than addressing actual threats to national security.
As the Biden regime continues to roll out sweeping changes in appliance standards, covering everything from gas stoves to air conditioners, the heat pump initiative is just one piece of a complex puzzle.
The Biden DOE claims that its appliance regulations will save Americans $570 billion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons over the next 30 years.
The debate rages on, with conservatives questioning the role of government in dictating energy choices and expressing concern over the potential economic impact on American households.
As the electric heat pump saga unfolds, one thing is clear – the battle between government intervention and individual choice is heating up.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.