Chronic. Since Donald Trump was deprived of social networks, we are bored on Twitter. Fortunately there is Elon Musk, the richest man in the world. The boss of Tesla and SpaceX has taken the place of Joe Biden’s first opponent, and now attacks him on his age. “There are already minimum age requirements for the House, Senate and Presidency. Conversely, there should also be maximum age limits”tweeted Mr. Musk, 50, under a photo of Joe Biden, who is entering his eightieth year.
In this case, it was the Democratic president who started the hostilities. In August, Joe Biden invited the historic American manufacturers (General Motors – GM -, Ford, Chrysler) to a summit on the electric car at the White House, but not Tesla, which launched this market when everyone had abandoned it. Can you imagine a luxury summit at the Elysée without Bernard Arnault or LVMH?
A plan for unionized factories
Elon Musk’s fault, running a company without unions. Mr Biden “didn’t mention Tesla once and praised GM and Ford for leading the electric vehicle revolution. Does this seem a little biased? », Mr. Musk was surprised in September, when his group sold two-thirds of electric vehicles in the United States. In mid-November, in Detroit, Joe Biden told General Motors boss Mary Barra: “You changed the whole story, Mary. You have electrified the entire automotive industry. » This time, it was Elon Musk’s mother who went to the front: “Biden’s speech was written twenty years ago, just before GM killed the electric car. His speechwriter uploaded the wrong file,” tweeted Maye Musk on November 18.
Above all, the president proposed in his Build Back Better plan (“build back better”) a tax credit of 12,500 dollars for vehicles provided that they are assembled in a unionized factory. Otherwise, this credit would only be $7,500. “Joe Biden is the puppet of the UAW [United Auto Workers, le syndicat de l’automobile américain] », retorted Elon Musk. He’s not the only one getting annoyed: Toyota, based in the non-union South, protested through ad pages: “Let’s not play political games with the environment. » German manufacturers, excluded from the device, and neighboring Canada, ostracized, are also furious. The president assumes and declared in September before the unions at the White House: “You’ve heard me say it time and time again: I intend to be the most pro-union president, leading the most pro-union administration in American history. »
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