(RoyalPatriot.com )- Late last week, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, met with some top aides in the Biden administration in Washington, D.C. The topic of their discussions was the electric vehicle industry as a whole, as well as the broad goals of going electric.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, did say that Musk did not meet directly with President Joe Biden. That’s not altogether surprising, considering the two haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on many issues.
Biden has said in the past that he was disappointed that Musk won’t allow unions into his factories at any of his companies – neither Tesla nor SpaceX. Biden has long been a huge supporter of labor unions.
The meeting was held in the Washington offices of Tesla between Musk and two aides at the White House – John Podesta and Mitch Landrieu. The main topic of discussion was the shared goals that Musk and the Biden administration have around electrification.
If nothing else, it’s something that the entrepreneur and Biden administration officials certainly do agree on.
Sources who were familiar with the discussions told media outlets that the discussion touched on topics such as how climate and infrastructure legislation the president signed into law last year could help boost the production of more electric vehicles as well as charging stations.
They also hope that the two laws would encourage even more people to make the switch from vehicles powered by gas to those powered by electricity, such as Teslas. They also hope that people will begin to switch to home appliances that run on electricity rather than stoves and heat pumps.
The federal government has tried to make tax credits and rebates available to Americans to make those shifts.
Landrieu’s presence at the meeting was pertinent, seeing as how he oversees all federal spending on infrastructure projects, which includes financial aid that was given to the electric vehicle industry.
As for Podesta, he serves as the point man for Biden on spending initiatives related to the president’s clean energy and climate initiatives.
At a recent press briefing, Jean-Pierre was asked whether this meeting was a signal that a new phase had been entered into by the White House and Musk. She responded that the meeting “says a lot” about how the president views the importance of his two major pieces of legislation that he signed.
As she said:
“I think it’s important that his team, senior members of his team, had a meeting with Elon Musk.”
Musk himself is a bit of a conundrum. His electric vehicle company would seem to align perfectly with some of the main goals of the liberal Biden administration. However, he’s been very critical of the president – and of Democrats as a whole.
That has all played out publicly on Twitter, the social media company that he purchased and took private last year.
Musk has faced much criticism for reinstating the Twitter accounts for many conservative voices who were banned from the platform under the previous regime. That includes former President Donald Trump, who Musk reinstated to Twitter after hosting a public poll asking what other users on the platform thought about it.