The U.S. Senate on Sunday passed its largest climate and clean energy spending bill ever, including $370 billion in incentives to ramp up renewable energy, increase energy efficiency in homes, and expand electric vehicle use and other energy technologies. The bill, now headed to the House, would also extend the Affordable Care Act and lower drug prices.

If every climate-related part of the bill comes to fruition, it could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. But as environmental studies professor Jay Horton explains, one requirement in the bill could make a crucial incentive almost impossible to use – tax breaks for buying electric vehicles.

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Today’s EVs rely heavily on China and other countries for materials. Shen Chunchen/VCG via Getty Images

The climate bill could short-circuit EV tax credits, making qualifying for them nearly impossible

James Morton Turner, Wellesley College

No electric vehicle maker currently meets all the bill’s supply chain requirements, not even Tesla. One big reason: China.


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