Michigan U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R) is doubling down on his opposition to the proposed electric vehicle battery plant in Mecosta County.
The representative announced on the Justin Barclay’s radio show that he’s introducing legislation to prevent companies like China-affiliated Gotion Inc. from claiming U.S. green energy tax credits.
“I’m announcing on your show that I’m going to be introducing legislation that would prevent companies like Gotion that are based in countries like China, North Korea, Russia, Iran from getting any of the green energy tax from the Biden green energy bill,” Moolenaar said.
Moolenaar is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. His so-called “No Gotion” bill would block any of the money going from the United States to companies affiliated with the above-listed countries, such as China-based and Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Gotion.
“There’s about 30 tax credits that are part of what President Biden calls his Inflation Reduction act and those tax credits will go to companies who are manufacturing in some way green energy,” Moolenaar said. “[T]he No Gotion Act would say basically that no company that is based in these areas concerned especially China, and North Korea, Iran, Russia should be eligible for these tax credits .… [T]his would cover research dollars that would cover investment dollars and plants and production.”
Moolenaar said taxpayers shouldn’t be funding companies from countries with adversarial relationships with the U.S.
“We are in a very serious competition with the Chinese Communist Party both from an economic standpoint and military standpoint, and we shouldn’t be subsidizing them with American taxpayer dollars.”
This past June, Moolenaar inserted language in a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Energy in 2024 that prohibits the DOE from awarding funding or contracts with companies that are associated with the CCP and other U.S. adversaries. The bill passed the House last week.
“It is unacceptable that research funding is going to companies that work with the CCP,” Moolenaar said in a statement. “So I wrote this new policy to help stop it. Our country is in a competition against the CCP, and we must make sure research and innovation funded by the American people benefits America and not China. Companies, including Gotion Inc., that are directly linked to the CCP have no business receiving federal research funding,” said Moolenaar.