A Biden administration objective has been halted by new legislation that prohibits supplies from China for electric automobiles and other green energy products from entering the country, according to the New York Times.
According to the Tampa Free Press, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act requires evidence that any products coming from Xinjiang, one of the major suppliers of materials essential for creating batteries, were made without the use of forced labor.
On Tuesday, the law becomes operative.
According to a news statement from the White House, President Biden wants at least 50% of automobiles to be emission-free by 2030 as part of his campaign for green energy.
According to the NYT, Xinjiang is apparently expanding into several regions of China where Uyghurs live. Since the company is involved in supplying various businesses with electric products, the expansion has allowed Xinjiang to acquire fresh deposits.
The Biden administration has encountered challenges with its EV plan, such as auto manufacturers’ declining income.
After investing in the production of electric vehicles, Ford experienced a 5% fall in revenue and a $5.4 billion loss in the first quarter. Biden’s proposal for electric vehicle charging stations received criticism from a number of states, including New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
“If you were to look at any electric vehicle battery, there would be some involvement from China,” Daisy Jennings-Gray, a senior analyst at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, told the NYT.
The Biden administration has been looking to move toward green initiatives on multiple fronts, leaning into its progressive base.