America’s Lamest Home Videos
What to know: The Biden administration has offered to pay Americans to send in videos of their electric vehicles—as long as they’re positive videos and stories about EVs.
The TPPF take: Why is the administration trying to boost the image of EVs? One reason is shown in TPPF’s new study, which demonstrates that EVs are still a long way from being competitive without massive subsidies.
“The Biden administration’s stringent fuel economy standards and regulatory manipulations are driving American automakers toward bankruptcy and adding thousands of dollars to the cost of every gasoline vehicle,” says TPPF’s Brent Bennett. “Rolling back these subsidies and burdensome regulations would save consumers money and stop the auto industry from falling off a financial cliff.”
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What to know: The Biden border crisis is costing American taxpayers $451 billion annually, a House report says.
The TPPF take: Total encounters at the border in FY2023 surpassed 2 million, making this year the worst on record under this administration.
“These numbers show the urgency to act,” says TPPF’s Melissa Ford. “The Texas Public Policy Foundation supports an aggressive effort by the state to both continue standing in the gap and standing up to a federal government that has neglected its first duty to protect its citizens. Their failure hurts every American who deserves safe communities for themselves and their families. It also hurts migrants themselves, every one of whom is a victim of Mexican drug cartels by the time they reach the border.”
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The Fight of Their Lives
What to know: Families in the fishing industry describe the battle against offshore wind farms as “the fight of our lives.”
The TPPF take: These families are why TPPF filed a lawsuit challenging the planned Vineyard Wind project off Rhode Island.
“Families that have fished in the region for generations are fighting,” says TPPF’s Roy Maynard. “But the odds are steep. The foreign-owned energy companies are well-funded, and renewable energy has plenty of political pull right now. An area that has been sustainably fished for nearly 400 years could be off-limits to the men and women who feed much of the nation.”
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