Biden: ‘We Can’t Keep a Combustion Engine the Way It Has Been’

President Joe Biden meets with business leaders to discuss the Bipartisan Innovation Act on March 9, 2022. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden meets with business leaders to discuss the Bipartisan Innovation Act on March 9, 2022. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – President Joe Biden met on Wednesday with corporate CEOs and governors to plug the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which would boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing, fund research and « set a course for America’s innovation agenda, » as the White House phrased it.

Jennifer Rumsey, the president of Cummins, explained how semiconductors are critical for emissions and safety control systems in the engines it produces, including large truck engines.

That prompted President Biden to muse that we won’t be needing « oil products » to propel « most of what we have in the future. »

At the end of his remarks, Biden joked about the war in Ukraine, saying, « there’s a little thing going on in Europe right now, » explaining that he needed to leave the meeting.

But first he made a point about not needing oil in the future:

« Well, you know, the point you’ve all made is that as everything changes, there’s a fundamental shift to the reality that we can’t — we can’t keep the combustion engine the way it has been. It’s even — you see what’s happening in locomotives now. You know? And you see what’s happening just across the board.

« And so — and I think it presents an enormous opportunity — enormous opportunity to improve the health of the public overall, number one, because we’re moving in the direction, and we don’t need to propel most of what we have in the future by — with regard to oil products, or — and, you know, I was really pleased to — and Gina — or Gretchen (Whitmer) and I talked about this a lot, when we met with the CEOs of the automobile companies, particularly Mary Barra.

« And she had sued the State of California for having a higher mileage standard than the national standard. And we had a long talk. I didn’t — I’m not taking credit for her changing her mind, but she ended up calling me and saying that, ‘We’re going to go — we dropped the suit, and we’re going to go all electric. We’ll get to halfway there within the next…’ And then she said a date. And then Ford jumped on and everybody else. And it’s a — because it is the future.

« And it also creates, really, a hell of a lot of jobs, too — good-paying jobs — and increasing the technological breakthroughs. And so, at any rate, I think what you’re doing really matters.  And I know we got a lot to talk about. 

“You saw the (White House) team over here.  I’m not sure about, you know, anybody but Gina over here on this side, including me. But all kidding aside, we got a lot to do and I think we can get a lot done.  I really do.

« And there’s a little thing going on in Europe right now, and I’m not going to be able to stay with you the whole time we’re here.  But that’s not going to in any way diminish the content of what we’re discussing here. 

« And, Brian (Deese), I’m told that you’re going to run this show here. »

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