Fact Check: Biden Claims U.S. Can Lead World in Electric Vehicles

Fact Check: Biden Claims U.S. Can Lead World in Electric Vehicles


Claim: “There’s no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing,” Biden said in his joint address to Congress on Wednesday night. “No reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.”

Verdict: Misleading.

In making this claim, Joe Biden joined the long parade of U.S. politicians who have claimed their policies would result in U.S. leadership in high-tech innovation while ignoring the actual policies that has led China to be, for instance, a world leader in telecommunications equipment, 5G technology, and the production of rare earth minerals.

Trade theory has recognized for decades that a predatory mercantilist country that can credibly promise to protect its domestic industry from competition and subsidize its exports can depress investment in would-be competitor nations, lowering the ability of those nations to make the products targeted by the

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