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Ford Picked Virginia For EV Battery Plant Before Rejection (Updated)

Ford plans to invest $50 billion in electrification with a goal of producing two million EVs annually by 2026, and to meet that goal, the automaker is leaning on a large number of suppliers from all around the globe. One of those companies is China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) – the world’s largest producer of batteries – which has been searching for a location to build a new North American-based EV battery plant with Ford in both Mexico and the U.S.

One location under consideration was the state of Virginia, but as Ford Authority reported last week, Governor Glenn Youngkin rejected those plans – citing the company’s Chinese roots – nixing a Ford EV battery plant that would have created 2,500 jobs and drawing criticism from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, whose state is still in consideration for the new facility. Now, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ford had already picked Virginia as the site for that new EV battery plant prior to Youngkin’s rejection.

The proposed CATL and Ford EV plant was slated to be built at the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill in Pittsylvania County, where it would have made lithium-iron phosphate batteries for Blue Oval models. The two companies planned to spend $3.5 billion erecting the new facility, which would have reportedly employed around 2,500 people when it began operating in a few years, with the potential for more down the road.

CATL and Ford are now seeking another location to build this new EV battery plant – a decision that is expected to happen in just a few weeks – after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for the project last summer. The facility is expected to begin production in 2026 with an initial output of 40GWh of cell production, and would reportedly be owned by FoMoCo – at least in terms of the physical location and infrastructure – though CATL would retain ownership of the battery cell technology utilized in production.

Update: Hours after running this story, Ford reached out to the Richmond Times-Dispatch to clarify that the automaker had not yet selected a site for its planned EV battery plant. “Ford had not made a site selection decision,” company spokeswoman Melissa Miller said in a statement.

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Comments

  1. David Dickinson II

    This has apparently really miffed Ford. Pure speculation here, but I wonder if this was tee-ed up by the former Democrats that ran Virginia with some sweetheart deal for Ford (at taxpayer expense) and, now that Virginia flipped to a Republican Governor and House, the Republicans with business sense want this to actually generate some benefit. Democrat Terry McAulliffe was also Virginia’s former governor, and he was known for being a schuckster that made deals that were good for him, but bad for Virginia.

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    1. Jon

      The current governor clearly rejected the plant on purely ideological grounds. Which has zero to do with anything that may or may not (did not) happen before. Oh well, it’s their loss, and some other state’s gain.

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  2. Greggt

    Good for Virginia and the Governor!! Had no idea Ford was in bed with the Chinese Communist Party!

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    1. RWFA

      Oh please. Don’t be so daft.

      PS since the old wedge issues are losing traction, Gregg two scoops has deployed Big Oil’s latest outrage issue.

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      1. Greggt

        What was that Comrade?

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        1. RWFA

          Doubling down by seeing reds under your bed is much like the rhetorical skills of acting like a small ignorant child Gregg.

          Ps just SMH at the Uber patriots below (actually laughing at dude wagging “elitist” and trying to school us on CCP) with no clue on how to get from A to B but effectively parroting Big Oil’s talking points … oh, sending money to China bad, but no problemo sending it to foreign tinpot oil barons.

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          1. SemperFi

            Sounds like an elitist…
            CCP is BAD … VERY BAD
            Consorting with a country that wants to destroy us…shame on you!

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          2. Mike

            Are you that daft? Nothing like funding your enemies army. While our people might be too naive or stupid too realize it, the Chinese know we’re their enemy and act accordingly.

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    2. Karl

      Isn’t the U.S in bed with the Chinese Communist Party by being their biggest government bonds holder? You guys are either plain ignorant or hypocrites, I’m learning towards the former! The Chinese holds more U.S debt than any other country in the world! Care to comment on that one Einstein?

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      1. RWFA

        I don’t deny the former but just
        look at the modern GQP and one can reasonably conclude it’s also the latter.

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      2. Kevin James

        Your statement is false.
        The top five holders of U.S. debt, in descending order are:
        #1 – Japan
        #2 – China
        #3 – U.K.
        #4 – Ireland
        #5 – Luxembourg

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    3. Jon

      So I can assume from your comments that you never purchase anything made in or used materials that came from China because that would then mean (by your definition) you are “in bed with the Chinese Communist Party.” I’m genuinely curious to know how that is working for you. Does it take a lot of effort? And if you do buy Chinese made merchandise, how is old man Xi Jinping doing? His family?

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    4. RC Mills

      Yep, I am with you. WHY should we buy EV batteries MADE IN AMERICA, BY AMERICANS in a factory a china company helped pay for when we can just buy EV batteries DIRECTLY FROM China that are made by Chinese workers.

      You people are such fools

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      1. RWFA

        Agreed. Tools and fools too cool for school yet still bright enough to be able to turn on FoxNewsMax to be given their opinions.

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  3. Me

    I hope every state REJECT this chines company. We already give way too much money to China. Need to invest in American or European companies.

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    1. RWFA

      So what American battery company with ready to go at scale IP, design and manufacturing know how do you suggest?

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      1. Greggt

        Certainly not one from the Chinese Communists!

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        1. RWFA

          LoL oh Gregg, you silly impractical unrealistic boy.

          PS Oh look it’s Grover Norquist’s pal K-street Mike just confirming my comment by reply below.

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          1. Mike

            What’s silly and impractical is forcing these stupid ev’s on us and confiscating our taxes to pay for this scam.

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      2. Mike

        We have the ability, just not the lax epa regulations and cheap labor. I would bet 80-90 percent of the work and all the material will come from China. On top of it being stupid to think we’re anywhere near ready for so many appliances, acting like we can’t do it here before we’re ready, is pathetic also. I’m sure the former governor was getting plenty of cash from China to do this, just like the Biden’s, Clintons and Obama’s got from them.

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        1. RWFA

          – We have the ability…
          – I would bet…
          – (Not) anywhere ready…
          “Acting like we can’t do it here before we’re ready…”. (This makes absolutely no sense.)
          – Former governor, LoL, except for the conspiracy theorists, trying to conflate and turn Northam into McAuliffe, big economic development offers are generally only available when supported by state legislation.
          – LoL Biden, Clintons, Obamas getting all that fantasy cash from China but no mention of Trump’s Chinese bank account (he claimed he didn’t have) or the slew of patents and trademarks issued to him and Ivanka?

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    2. Karl

      Did you know that the U.S owes more money to China than any other country?

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      1. RWFA

        This aided and accelerated by the insane unfunded 2017 tax cuts for corporations and the uppermost income earners.

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        1. Mike

          Keep the lies going.

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          1. RWFA

            Obviously facts are troublesome things for K-street Mike.

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  4. Tigger

    According to the news, Ford never selected Virginia as the final site of this project and no final offers were made between ford and Virginia.

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  5. Bill H.

    Both Ford and Governor Youngkin have denied these reports. This truly is “fake news”.

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    1. RWFA

      “Virginia did not win the project.…We removed ourselves from consideration in an ongoing process,” Youngkin wrote in a text message.

      Because he needs a lever to springboard to a presidential candidacy so he can spend some of the money he made as co-CEO at Carlyle off their Chinese businesses.

      And to get that lever, he will deny the well paid construction workers who will build the infrastructure and the plant which will employ ca 2,500 well paid workers building a future oriented product.

      Even if the plant and the employee taxes only balanced out state incentives over the next 20 years, it would still employ ca 2,500 workers who would contribute to their local economy. That said, outside of sports complexes, it’s unusual for such facilities to get such a lopsided deal.

      Genius move by the governor.

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      1. Mike

        Yea because temporary jobs are worth building our enemies army, real smart.

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        1. RWFA

          LoL Biden and dems in the last 2 years have done more to move manufacturing back to the US than the cumulative efforts of the last 20.

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        2. RWFA

          A plant with a standard 30 year amortization schedule and the 2,500 jobs there is a temporary thing?

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  6. James

    There isn’t a EV battery on the face of earth that was made with slave labor, or that didn’t cause an environmental disaster.

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    1. RWFA

      I think you meant to say “wasn’t” but if so you are vastly overstated the point and that situation will significantly change as the new incentives and battery sourcing regs, and chemistries come into play.

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      1. Mike

        Eventually maybe, but for the foreseeable future all the lithium is in these countries that use children and slaves to mine it. Not too mention the damage to the environment is so much worse than the current real cars do. A fake crisis made up by people like Al Gore who’s damn near a billionaire because of it.

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        1. Jon

          Got any sources for all that hyperbole? Other than some blog post funded by Exxon? yea, thought not….

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        2. RWFA

          Those sound exactly like the best short form talking points Exxon PR could buy from K-street dude.

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  7. John

    Now you see Infrastructure act was a sweetheart deal for China thanks to the Big Guy

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    1. RWFA

      Actually no. Or do you have some inside info from Hunter Biden’s laptop?

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  8. ScottP

    No more money to China, that is also where they will be buying the toxic materials from to make the batteries. Our state told them no as well. Not a surprise news outlets said last week EVs are not financially sustainable.

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    1. RWFA

      News outlets? On the level of FoxNewsMax, or something with some brains behind and before it?

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      1. John

        Multiple networks showing hard numbers that point to EV failure.

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        1. Jon

          Got any sources for all that hyperbole? Because when the entire American market has such EV demand that purchasing wait times are now as long a two years, in actual reality that factually shows the exact opposite of “failure.”

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          1. Travis

            It was on MSN. The wait times are due to low production, not high demand…big difference. Demand is low and limited looking at the overall numbers.

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        2. RWFA

          “Multiple networks” seems like this season’s version of Trumps “all the best people.”

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      2. Kevin James

        Gawd but you’re tiresome.

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        1. RWFA

          Don’t stay up past your bedtime trying to participate in big people’s conversations and you won’t be so sleepy.

          Ps but don’t worry, you’ll always have FoxNewsMax to stimulate you.

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  9. B. Walker

    I’m sorry to see Ford investing so heavily on electrification. I’m wondering why Toyota isn’t going all electric and Musk is going to hydrogen. They are leaders in the industry and must know something Ford doesn’t.

    You need lithium to make your batteries. Who has damn near all the lithium in the world? I believe it’s China. They can tell us to pay their price or drop dead. Also, I can’t believe we don’t have a bunch of bright, young engineers out in Silicon Valley that couldn’t figure out how to manufacture a battery. The problem is… you need the lithium.

    I worry about the infrastructure too. We have areas now that have brown outs and can’t run air conditioners certain times of the day. Public charging stations seem to be hit and miss as far as being operational. Will they get better ? Hopefully. But, I keep wondering why Toyota and Tesla are going to hydrogen. Mr. Toyoda and Mr. Musk are very bright guys. They know something Ford and GM don’t. Ford is investing $50 billion on electrification. Seems like they are putting it all on red, 21 and spinning the wheel.

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    1. RWFA

      LoL nice rehash if the K-street scripted disinformation and FUD.

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    2. SemperFi

      Right on!
      And by 2025 Ford lots will be full of CCP EVs that no one wants.
      Buy American…we have a reputation of producing quality products!
      After the third purchase of a chinese product that all were junk…i stopped buying.

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      1. RWFA

        What current industry incumbent are you serving with all your bad faith comments mr Fi?

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    3. Mike

      The Ford family is now a bunch of tree hugging liberals that like to think they’re doing something good for the environment even if what they’re doing is worse. Don’t forget, they canceled the Excursion because libs complained how big it was, even tho it was their highest profit vehicle. It’s another reason their stock is so low. They don’t care that people don’t want ev’s, or at least the smart people don’t, and that’s most car buyers. They just make stupid move after stupid move. It’s one reason they spent so much money trying to get rid of Trump. Trump had them promise to move the Bronco and Maverick back to the US but as soon as they inserted Biden, Ford reopened the Mexico plant and moved those vehicles production back to Mexico. They have such a huge markup on these vehicles yet they wanted more so they build them in Mexico.

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      1. RWFA

        Are you living in an alternate reality?

        Seriously, butthurt over a vehicle that ran for a full lifecycle and it’s replacement was cancelled – 20 years ago – because it wasn’t forecast to sell in sufficient quantities to recover 2nd generation development costs?

        Ford never closed its Mexico plants. It moved things around as the market and designs changed.

        While we are on Trump, why not talk a bit about how major manufacturing plants closed on his watch.

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  10. wayne guess

    welcome to Mexico

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    1. RWFA

      Or Canada, they are aggressively building up battery construction industries in the Quebec area.

      Personally I’d like to see Michigan score the plant. This would help anchor current vehicle production in the area.

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  11. Slicky

    Agree with RWFA we can sit here and argue and complain but what it should boil down to is what matters most… a new Facility here in America and Workers here in America earning a living wage to keep our national economy growing!

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    1. Mike

      While building up our enemy’s military? A few jobs is worth that too you? Even tho we could do it without the Chinese? It sad where we are as a nation these days.

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      1. Jon

        So you make it very clear that You never buy anything made in China or that use materials imported from China. No clothes, no food, no merchandise, no electronics, no nothing. And when, exactly, did you come to the conclusion that you would not Ever provide your personal dollars to the CCP? Just curious….

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  12. jerry e

    Stupid move! Virtually all the clothing, appliances, electronics, and toys in our homes are imported from China. Now here’s a chance to benefit from Chinese goods, as all the money & jobs to design & build the plant, as well as the labor to produce the goods, as well as the taxes levied on all that labor, as well as the service, parts, maintenance to keep it all running, would stay right here in the local community.

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  13. Ron

    FORD need to look at Bryan/College Station Texas
    Area is ripe with research from Texas A&M, has fantastic rail service, and is one of the fastest growing area’s in the country !

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    1. Mike

      They won’t look at Texas or Florida because they’re run by liberals who hate conservatives and red states.

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      1. RWFA

        Or maybe because both Texas and Florida are nowhere near Ford’s generally Midwest production locations. (Not to mention that the FL and TX governors are populist flakes.)

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        1. David Dickinson II

          They’re closer than Mexico.

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  14. Mike says...

    While I am leery of doing anything with China… turning down any joint venture that moves production back to the USA should be embraced by all levels of government. The Virginia Governor is demonstrating a remarkable level of stupidity, to which I hope Michigan will be the benefactor of. For those of you still hung up on the sound of your own voices ….. your loss. This is a good example of business being lost due to stupid politics on Virginia’s part.

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    1. Kevin James

      Look-up the history of FoxCon and the deal they made with the state of Wisconsin back in the Trump administration.
      These big internationals will promise the moon but not hesitate to turn-tail when it suits them.

      Caveat Emptor !

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      1. RWFA

        Actually despite your impressive use of Latin, the Potemkin flop Foxconn deal was pushed through by then WI Govr Scott Walker (R) and Trump despite adequate evidence it was not a good deal.

        Ps Foxconn is not Chinese, it’s a Taiwanese company.

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  15. Mike

    Why does anyone think this will benefit us with more than a few jobs while most of the money goes to the Red Army. Pretty much all our joint ventures in China are with the Red Army. There is no private companies in China. This would be a packaging plant with all the materials and most of the work being done in China then shipped here then most of the money going back to China. Same as the Japanese cars being built here but at least they aren’t funding our enemy’s military. Besides, why do we need China. Even if we need some of their technology, they’ve stolen everything they’ve wanted from our patent holders without a second though then use what they’ve stolen to under cut the us companies they stole from. It’s way past time for payback. If you don’t think they’re our enemy, you need to pay more attention to what they’re doing and saying. Sticking your head in the sand sure makes it easy to criticize people that understand what China is up to.

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    1. Jon

      How is it that you deem to know so much about the financial and operational details of this venture that nobody else does (except Ford insiders)? Are you a Ford insider? I thought not. So enough of the false hyperbole, it doesn’t help support your good points about our ongoing re-evaluation of the U.S. -China relationship. If anything, you make the point that we need to bring these factories inside our borders as quickly and aggressively as we can, so we can bring our tech up to speed should the relationship later come to blows.

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      1. Mike

        There’s plenty out there to read up on. You should try it. Never mind the history of any China deal. It doesn’t take that much thought, even you might be able to do it.

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        1. Jon

          Calling the factory a “packaging plant” is flatly dishonest. Downplaying that Ford would own the plant and the infrastructure of the plant (the robots) shows bias to the point of dishonesty. Somehow believing that China should give Ford ownership rights to their own technology is hypocrisy at it’s finest. Shall I go on?

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  16. Mike

    The biggest problem with this so called Ford plant is that they were listed as the owners but all the technology was to be owned by China and the plant was to be run by China. Ford just had their name on it and was planning to buy their batteries. How anyone thinks this would benefit America is beyond me. A few jobs, technology paid for by American taxpayers for the commies to own. Almost as bad as the 70’s when the Japanese paid off American politicians to get these sweetheart deals so they could fill our country with their cars while we couldn’t sell ours in Japan. This was set up by Terry McCaulif, the Clinton scumbag that has no problem screwing over America for money

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    1. RWFA

      Lol. Your comments are an over the top sight to behold. I really wonder who is giving them to you.

      The commies own the tech. Ford owns the plant.

      Ford is dealing with the commies because they developed the tech while Big Oil lobbiests had us all lazily sucking off the big oil opium pipe and not investing into the basic research to create the necessary IP.

      LoL The japanese cars have filled our roads with their cars because they were a) fuel efficient, b) high quality, and c) affordable. Our cars were unsellable in Japan because they were gigantic crap quality gas hogs.

      In the meantime the Japanese are nearly as integrated US producers as the Detroit 3 are.

      You seriously think McAuliffe who left office 5 years ago played a significant role in a decision Ford has been working in for about the last 2 years?

      You have to reach back that far and invoke Clintons to bolster your point?

      That’s pathetic. And like most of what you’ve shoveling it’s at turns disingenuous, ignorant or just plain stupid.

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      1. Mike says...

        Yup… I agree wholeheartedly…

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  17. ron

    good for virginia. no business with china. please stop

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