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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is outrageously and extorsively telling families that if they buy an electric car they will “never” have to worry about gas prices again, insinuating somehow they won’t be subject to skyrocketing power costs and shortages.
Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart in an interview Sunday that the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda includes incentives for families to switch to electric vehicles. His comments were seen as just as ludicrous as when he referred to “racist” infrastructure.
“Most of the physical infrastructure work was contemplated in the bill that was just signed, but there is more envisioned in the Build Back Better law,” Buttigieg noted. “I’ll give you one example: It contains incentives to make it more affordable to buy an electric vehicle, up to a $12,500 discount in effect for families thinking about getting an EV.”
“Families that once they own that electric vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again,” he disingenuously added in a blatant effort to direct Americans away from fossil fuels.
“The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the most distances to drive, who burn the most gas, and underserved urban residents in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower-income,” Buttigieg remarked on MSNBC.
“They would gain the most by having that vehicle. These are the very residents who have not always been connected to electric vehicles that are viewed as kind of a luxury item,” he continued.
“If we can make the electric vehicle less expensive for everybody, more people can take advantage, and we’ll be selling more American-made EVs, which means in time they’ll become less expensive to make and to buy for everybody,” Buttigieg told Capehart.
The Transportation Secretary made his comments after the Department of Energy announced last week that it would release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to moderate rising gas prices.
Buttigieg is pushing electric cars on Americans as speculation swirls that he may become the Democrats’ choice as a 2024 presidential candidate. His statements will likely not help him win office. Buttigieg’s unending press to convert to electric cars does not address the fact that currently the Chinese pretty much control the electric car battery market and America would be dependent on the communist regime for an integral part of our way of life.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 25, 2021
According to Kelly Blue Book, the average price of a new electric vehicle as of October of this year was $55,676. The average cost of a new compact car was $25,240. The average price of a new compact SUV was $34,122. The cost of an electric car was even higher than that of the average new sports car – $44,981.
AAA has estimated that owning a new, compact electric vehicle costs about $600 more a year than a gas-powered compact vehicle. That’s despite lower fuel and maintenance costs.
Earlier in November, White House press secretary Jen Psaki aligned with Buttigieg on the issue, arguing that “the rise in gas prices over the long term makes an even stronger case for doubling down our investment and our focus on clean energy options so that we are not relying on the fluctuations and OPEC and their willingness to put more supply and meet the demand in the market.”
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Buttigieg was shredded on social media for aggressively pushing electric cars and not addressing the rising cost of gas in the United States.
“Everyone can probably afford electric cars in the world that Pete Buttigieg lives in,” quipped Trump White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp. “Average Americans struggling with record high gas prices? Not so much.”
“You realize that, even if it’s fully electric, you’re still beholden to the price of fossil fuels, right?” astutely tweeted commentator Emily Zanotti. “IT JUST RUNS ON TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOSSIL FUEL.”
“Let me assure you there is very little overlap between ‘families that can afford to buy a $50,000 electric car,’” commented Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation, “and ‘families that are worried about gas prices because an extra $50 a month is actually a week’s worth of groceries.’”
“Do you know what a lot of families could do with that extra $50 a month/$1300 a year?” she added. “Have some peace of mind in an emergency fund for when their 10-year-old van needs a new radiator.”
Senior Editor Ed Morrissey at Hot Air wrote that instead of worrying about gas prices, Americans will “have to worry about skyrocketing electricity prices under the heavy demand EVs will create … and the rolling blackouts when supply can’t meet demand in a regulated environment.”
Senator Ted Cruz accurately pointed out, “The cruelty is the point. Democrats celebrate these high gas prices so they can advance their radical climate agenda.”
Buttigieg was further dragged on social media for his out-of-touch comments:
The Pennsylvania Utility Commission warning electricity prices will rise should remind policy makes electric cars are not a solution to energy price increases they are directly effected by it despite Buttigieg’s naive suggestion that electric cars are the answer to gas prices.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 30, 2021
Buttigieg: "Struggling Families Worried about Gas Prices Should Buy an Electric Car!"
What a dick.
— Impartial Observer (@ImpartialObser1) November 29, 2021
This man is a dweeb…Sec. Buttigieg: If You Buy an Electric Vehicle, You ‘Will Never Have to Worry About Gas Prices Again’ pic.twitter.com/yjCGQvB17O
— Alexandra Datig | Front Page Index (@alexdatig) November 28, 2021
Yes, I trade on cost for another cost?
So instead of paying petrol prices at the pump, I’m now paying for it in my electrical bill and/or charging stations?
This is like saying, Let me pay off my credit card by using another credit card and look at me, I’m credit card free now!
— Rogue Elf, Redneck Snow Roach (@TheRogue_Elf) November 29, 2021
How are those charging stations powered? What are people who live in condos and apt buildings to do about home charging and rural Americans face a whole other set of issues. Also, the cost to operate EVs is significantly higher then gasoline combustion vehicles, the key point.
— Scott Coleman (@bandphan) November 29, 2021
Because everything will be free…free!!!
— mallen2010 (@mallen_2010) November 29, 2021
Right @USDOT they just have to figure out how to come up with over $50K to buy the vehicle, and how to pay their electric bill. And how to travel to Grandmas who lives more than 120 miles away…
— GB (@GBtablereads) November 29, 2021
But they do have to worry about energy prices, which are being driven up by prematurely shutting down nuke plants and blocking new pipelines.
— You Should Have Voted For Jo (@colorblindk1d) November 29, 2021
Is electricity free now?
— James ✝️🇺🇸 (@wjamesawill) November 29, 2021
And 100% of goods are transported with fossil fuels.
— Aric Zubke (@AricZubke) November 29, 2021
Instead I have to worry about our power grid in winter and summer. Do I charge the car or run the A/C or furnace?
— Rocket Bunny 🚀 (@RocketBunnyX1) November 29, 2021
Where does the electricity come from? Is that free?
Just asking questions you don’t seem to want to ask…
— Cecil Charles (@thececilcharles) November 29, 2021
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