EV critic Moolenaar to chair House China committee

By Andres Picon | 03/25/2024 03:52 PM EDT

The Michigan Republican has tangled with others over battery facilities in the U.S. and raised concerns about clean energy’s reliance on China.

Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.).

Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) during a hearing in February of the House's select committee on China. Alex Brandon/AP

Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), a vocal critic of electric vehicles and China’s role in domestic battery production, will be the next leader of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced Monday that Moolenaar would replace outgoing Chair Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) following his retirement April 19.

Winning the committee gavel will give Moolenaar a new perch from which to continue to bash battery makers’ connections to China and what he says is the clean energy transition’s over-reliance on minerals mined or processed in China.


“Together, we can help our country prepare for the challenges we face from the Chinese Communist Party and win the competition against the CCP,” Moolenaar said in a statement, adding that he is looking forward to working with ranking member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and other committee members.