The group warned Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency that the administration’s current plan would make the U.S. more reliant on China because it would cause the U.S. to make changes to the transportation industry before the necessary infrastructure to support it was ready.
“Even more concerning is the fact that this reliance hinges upon China’s goodwill to export those minerals and manufactured goods to the U.S.,” the letter, which was obtained by Fox News, said.
“This will undoubtedly open the U.S. up to economic manipulations by China, identical to what Russia is doing with Ukrainian grain exports, and a major threat to our national security. We do not believe now is the time for us to make ourselves vulnerable to such easy political pressures,” it said.
The letter, which was led by Army Maj. Gen. James Marks, highlighted the EPA’s plan to implement a new aggressive tailpipe emissions policy that would make up to 67% of new sedan, crossover, SUV, light truck and up to 50% of bus and garbage truck purchases electric by 2032.
Materials that EVs require are largely dependent on components made in China and materials processed by China, such as lithium-ion batteries. It also holds 70% of production capacity for cathodes and 85% for anodes, two important parts of lithium-ion batteries.
China has also been investing in stakes of mines in Africa to help control mineral production, according to Fox News, including the production of cobalt, graphite, and lithium.
The letter was signed by 16 other retired admirals, generals, colonels, captains, commanders, and majors from all four major branches of the U.S. military.