Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s awful Transportation Secretary that was doing…whatever it is that gay men do while on “paternity leave” for kids they obviously didn’t birth while America buckled under supply chain strains last fall, has been in rare form recently, making out of touch remark after out of touch remark about electric vehicles and green energy.
Most recently was his comment on letting go “of the status quo” on energy and transitioning to the sort of so-called “green energy” buildup that has failed Europe as of late. Speaking on that, Buttigieg said during an appearance on CNBC “Squawk Box”:
“I’m still astonished that some folks and I felt this as I was testifying in Congress yesterday. Some folks seem to really struggle to let go of the status quo.
“If someone wants to raise the reasons why it’s hard, those are absolutely challenges we should be taking on and working through, but if it’s done as an excuse to do nothing, all we’re doing is signing up for more of these vexing questions that pit our interests, our alliances and our values against each other year after year after year.
“I don’t want that to be dominating our public discussions in the middle of this century the way it is at the beginning of the century.”
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Well, whatever Mayor Pete wants the conversation about energy to be like, the simple fact is that Americans want cheap and reliable power supplies. Clean power is great, but largely secondary to those concerns.
And however cheap or clean “green energy” producing equipment like solar panels and windmills that require huge amounts of minerals and fossil fuel-based manufacturing actually are, the fact remains that they just aren’t reliable, as shown by Germany having to switch back to coal-based power and start rationing power as Russia turns off the natural gas tap.
So that’s why people are attached to the “status quo”, as Buttigieg dismissively referred to it: it’s cheap and reliable, particularly given America’s massive wealth of cheap and clean natural gas.
Shockingly, that wasn’t Buttigieg’s worst comment on the green energy and electric vehicle issue as of late. That dubious honor is reserved for his comment that the gas price crisis is, in one way, at least, a good thing because it means consumers might shift to EVs rather than traditional cars. Speaking on that, he said:
We’re for cutting the cost of electric vehicles because when you have an electric vehicle, then you’re also going to be able to save on gas, but you got to be able to afford it in the first place.
Right now, we’re actually starting to see on some models the costs come to where even if your car payment’s a little higher, your gas payment will be a little lower, and you come out ahead, but the prices still need to come down for most Americans to be able to get an EV.