House Panel Debates Whether Biden-Era Energy Policies Benefit China

China’s gains and losses from energy policies during Joe Biden’s presidency were a contested topic during an April 26 hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee.
“Until we increase U.S. capacity for critical mineral extraction and refining, increasing our reliance on renewable energy and EVs [electric vehicles] will only benefit China,” said Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) in his opening statement.
He also drew attention to China’s use of forced Uyghur labor.
“We need to take a long-term view of our critical mineral needs and find ways to meet those needs ethically and sustainably,” said Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) in his own opening statement….

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