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Musk, Top Biden Aides Meet in DC       01/28 09:55

   

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk and a pair of top aides to President 
Joe Biden met in Washington on Friday to discuss the electric vehicle industry 
and the broader goal of electrification.

   Musk and Biden did not meet, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre 
said.

   The two haven't had the smoothest of relationships, with Biden, a big 
supporter of labor unions, disappointed by Musk's refusal to allow them into 
his factories.

   White House aides Mitch Landrieu and John Podesta sat down with the Tesla 
chief -- who also owns Twitter and SpaceX -- at Tesla's office in downtown 
Washington to discuss shared goals around electrification.

   Their discussion touched on how infrastructure and climate legislation that 
Biden signed into law last year can help boost the production of electric 
vehicles and charging stations, and encourage more people to switch from 
gas-fueled to electric-powered vehicles and to choose more electric appliances, 
like heat pumps and stoves. Rebates and tax credits are available to encourage 
that shift.

   Landrieu oversees federal spending on infrastructure, which included 
financial help for the electric vehicle industry. Podesta is the president's 
point man on spending on Biden's climate and clean energy initiatives.

   Asked whether the meeting signaled a new phase in White House relations with 
Musk, Jean-Pierre said it "says a lot" about how Biden sees the importance of 
both pieces of legislation.

   "I think it's important that his team, senior members of his team, had a 
meeting with Elon Musk," she said.

 
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