Biden officials push electric cars on recession-weary Americans from their ‘policy fantasyland’: expert

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Past comments by White House cabinet officials on fossil fuels and the shift to electric vehicles amid high energy costs indicate Beltway insiders live in a “political neverland,” the Heritage chairman said. Foundation, Dr. Kevin Roberts, to Fox News Digital in a recent interview.

Roberts said officials like Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm had ‘toned down’ their rhetoric on the matter after being ‘burned’ by a population feeling the effects of a failing economy – but added that their comments still showed little respect for the working class.

In a recent House hearing, Buttigieg told Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., that “the more pain we all feel from high gas prices, the more upside there is for those who can access the electric vehicle”.

Gimenez responded by asking if that meant “the more pain we have, the more we benefit,” to which Buttigieg replied that the Miami lawmaker “only wanted” him to say it that way.

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President Biden shakes hands with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain alongside Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

President Biden shakes hands with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain alongside Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
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Last year, Granholm mocked a Bloomberg presenter’s question about plans to lower oil prices:

“It’s hilarious, if I had the magic wand,” she said, adding that the March Russian invasion of Ukraine presented the United States with an opportunity “to act on the clean energy”.

Roberts criticized such cases, saying the administration always seems fully invested in a rapid conversion to green power.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any change in tact,” Roberts told Fox News Digital. “In other words, all of the plans that we see falling, that is, rules and proposed rules and regulations, reflect the condescending rhetoric of these cabinet secretaries,”

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USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks as Labor Secretary Martin Walsh listens.

USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks as Labor Secretary Martin Walsh listens.
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“I haven’t heard, since then, any of those secretaries…use the same kind of condescending language, because luckily they got burned for saying it.”

Roberts also compared support for a transition from fossil fuels to the global environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda, saying that the same type of working class people suffering abroad under ESG governance are those in America who are also feeling the pinch of high oil prices and the like.

“I just thought it was very indicative of the real key impact of ESG if fully implemented – and that is that the American working class – who [isn’t] live paycheck to paycheck and get a little better off than that,” Roberts said. “These are the people that those kinds of comments really offend.”

Roberts suggested that the push to limit the use of fossil fuels in the United States in favor of green alternatives is not intended to benefit the average American, but rather Beltway insiders and their aligned scholars who seek ends. ideological.

Such ideas “come from people who live in the ivory tower of DC and think they’re in some kind of political fantasy land,” he said.

In response to Robert’s comments, a spokesperson for Buttigieg pointed to the secretary’s July interview with the Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio show in Los Angeles, when he said the Biden administration had indeed taken action. to make flex-fuel ethanol blends more accessible for gasoline engines. vehicles and supported a federal gas tax exemption for short-term relief, while explaining longer-term solutions:

“We’re all for EV cost reduction because when you have an EV you can also save gas, but first you have to be able to afford it,” Buttigieg told Big Boy.

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Dr. Kevin Roberts is the seventh President in Heritage's 48-year history.

Dr. Kevin Roberts is the seventh President in Heritage’s 48-year history.
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“Now we’re actually starting to see on some models that the costs are getting to levels where even though your car payment is a little higher, your gas payment will be a little lower and you’ll come out on top. But prices have yet to come for most Americans to get an electric vehicle — we could do that with legislation in Congress,” Buttigieg said.

The Department of Transportation spokesperson cited figures in a June Consumer Reports analysis reflecting points from Buttigieg’s testimony at the House transportation and infrastructure hearing in which he argued with Gimenez, reflecting a price drop for electric car models such as the Chevrolet Bolt, then quoted at around $27,000. New.

A spokesperson for Granholm responded that the secretary “has always been clear about the administration’s efforts to make electric vehicles less expensive to buy so that more Americans can have access to the economic and climate benefits electric vehicles”.

In response to the Bloomberg interview, the spokesperson said Granholm does not dictate the actions of the oil and gas industry, adding that the question posed by the presenter did not include Granholm’s role in government.

“While the administration’s methodical releases of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve have helped lower gas prices by 40 [cents per gallon] Secretary Granholm continues to call on the oil and gas industry to do its part to ensure Americans have reliable sources of energy,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

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In his interview with Fox News Digital, Roberts also reacted to Biden’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he landed a much-criticized punchline with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Roberts said the move was misguided and misdirected. .

“It was the punch from hell,” Roberts said. “And what I mean by that is don’t criticize a president who travels the world, I think we need our president, whoever he is, to make sure that American interests are reflected abroad – the problem is that it was creeping towards an autocrat.”

If Biden wants to throw the punches to encourage increased energy production, Roberts added, he should travel to Texas, Pennsylvania or Alaska and greet the thousands of oil and gas workers in kind.

“[They] would like their companies to drill more and explore more,” he said, as the president restricted speculation on federal lands and canceled national pipeline projects.

America’s energy workers know best that it’s possible for America to power itself from our vast reserves, Roberts added, pointing out that Trump-era production creates virtual self-reliance:

“[A]As we saw just three years ago, America can be energy self-sufficient. We don’t need to go around the world crawling past autocrats like the leader of Saudi Arabia,” he said. “And certainly, we don’t need photo ops like a punch when it’s the American worker who needs it.”

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