Americans may have missed an April announcement from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stating that she supports a 100% EV-supported military by 2030. After all, the idea seemed too ludicrous to be taken seriously.
The math simply doesn’t make sense. Current technology doesn’t exist to distribute, store, and generate power to charge military vehicles in the heat of combat. The Army is aiming for a fifteen-minute charge time, requiring mobile charging stations to boast a 17-megawatt power source.
This hypothetical power source is twenty times bigger than any generator currently in use and will require 1200 gallons of diesel per hour to run.
Supporters of the push for military EVS claim that quieter engines make these vehicles stealthier. Critics point out, however, that EVs generate electromagnetic fields that enemies track using sensory equipment.
Logistics be damned. In April, Biden once again waved his magic pen and signed an Executive Order requiring all branches of the military to consider “environmental justice” in all missions.
The EV-powered military portion of his “Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All” act will cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and, doubtless, many lives of service members.
For Biden, spending billions of dollars on pipe dreams is not extraordinary; it’s his duty. As he said in April, “One of the things I found out as President of the United States, I get to spend a lot of that money, We’re going to start the process where every vehicle in the United States military, every vehicle, is going to be climate-friendly — every vehicle — I mean it.”
He went on to boast, “We’re spending billions of dollars to do it.”
The Army has already been busy tackling these “critical issues.” The Department of Defense boasts a 640-person staff dedicated wholly to environmental justice.
The Army’s “Climate Strategy” requires its service to lower emissions by 50% before 2030, and to reach zero emissions by 2050. The strategy calls for an “all-electric light-duty non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2027″ and an “all-electric non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2035.”
With a June poll revealing that 59% of Americans oppose Biden’s EV push for civilians, the idea of the military transitioning to EV received a less than lukewarm welcome by service members.
A disabled Marine Corps bomb technician said the policy “will get a lot of innocent people killed. And you can only be serious about this if you believe there’s a future where we’re one solid collective, and there are no wars.”
The veteran went on to add that historically, technological advances were a race for dominance before the next conflict, not a “righteous call.”
Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) is attempting to save the military from what could be its biggest enemy: the Biden administration. His July proposal seeks to defund the development of “electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging, or photovoltaic technology.” His proposal also seeks to restrict the materials used to make EV batteries.
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) further proposed the cancellation of all contracts for non-tactical EVs.
Representative Paul Gosar stated, “The military is no place to experiment with untested technology. The combat readiness and training of soldiers and equipment is jeopardized by the compelled use of electric vehicles. Further, the AC equipment in the EV units do not work in the desert heat, constituting a health risk to personnel.”
For the Biden administration, the safety of our servicemembers will never be as important as the safety of their bank accounts. In June of 2022, it was leaked that Granholm exercised $1.6 million in stock options with an electric vehicle technology firm while promoting her green energy initiatives.
She also famously broke into laughter in March of 2022 when journalists asked her about soaring gas prices. Adding insult to injury, Granholm, who has a net worth of more than $8 million, told Americans that those “who purchase an electric car won’t need to worry about gas prices.”
The House, despite doing everything it can do to stop the war on our military, will be unlikely to pause the EV madness at this point. There are only two paths forward now. They can hope to block the insanity after a 2024 victory.
Or they can book a private electric-powered jet for the current administration’s personal use. After all, if our armed forces are safe traveling into battle in EVs, progressive politicians should be safe in the air using the same technology.