White House launches meetings to gauge climate law impacts

By Hannah Northey | 06/11/2024 04:27 PM EDT

Top administration officials are huddling with industry producers to see if Biden’s climate and infrastructure laws are doing enough to help the U.S. compete with China.

The White House is pictured.

The White House is seen in Washington on Aug. 9, 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The White House has begun holding a series of meetings to determine if the nation’s biggest climate law and other policy levers are doing enough to jolt domestic electric vehicle supply chains — from minerals to battery factories — to compete with China.

Top Biden officials huddled Monday with producers of graphite, a key ingredient in EV batteries, to gauge how effective the Inflation Reduction Act and bipartisan infrastructure law have been in helping the sector scale up and what more can be done.

Chris Burns, CEO of battery materials company Novonix, which is scaling up production of synthetic graphite in the U.S., said he attended the meeting in Washington, where administration officials sought input and suggestions from mineral producers, cell manufacturers and automakers as part of a “level-setting exercise.”


“They wanted to understand how the programs are working that they have put out and … what new tools may also be needed to bridge any other gaps as we continue to build out,” said Burns.