“It’s a woke CA company on a mission to make the world greener”
Rivian’s planned Georgia plant, which is expected to create about 7,500 jobs and produce up to 400,000 electric vehicles a year, is becoming a hot political issue among Republican candidates ahead of their primary next week.
In recent comments, Donald Trump-backed David Perdue cited the Rivian plant as a key point of criticism against rival Governor Brain Kemp. Perdue noted that Kemp was offering taxpayer incentives to attract a “woke corporation owned by George Soros whose stated goal is to fight climate change.”
Despite recent declines in its stock, Rivian has plenty of momentum in the EV movement. Backed by Amazon, among other great companies, Rivian successfully completed one of the biggest IPOs in history six months ago. Its planned facility in Georgia could be one of the state’s biggest economic development projects yet.
Luring Rivian, however, also involved offering the electric truck maker notable incentives, estimated at around $1.5 billion. This is where Perdue took issue, as he argued that Governor Kemp had simply made a bad deal.
“It’s a woke California company on a mission to make the world a greener place. They are not interested in this part of the country. They just want to make money off of us,” Perdue said.
While it remains to be seen whether Perdue’s anti-Rivian strategy will bear fruit, the opposition against the factory is becoming notable. As noted in a BNC News report, anti-Rivian yard signs have been installed in fields where the EV maker is likely to innovate. Groups such as No2Rivian are also raising funds to take their battle to court if necessary.
“Sherman and his troops destroyed our community. Now this so-called green company is coming to destroy it again. We want to keep it as it is,” said JoEllen Artz, President of No2Rivian.
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