Pete “Mayor” Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, isn’t the brightest man in politics, and he certainly can’t handle a crisis. When it comes to major issues in the United States, don’t ask that guy. He’ll take months off work and let the problem worsen before he lifts a finger to help.
Buttigieg explained to MSNBC that “The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV (electric vehicle) are often rural residents who have the most distance to drive, who burn the most gas and underserved urban residents in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower-income.”
If Buttigieg were only concerned with cost, he would be closer to the truth, but rural residents use their vehicles more than just driving. Think of the rancher or farm owner who needs a truck to work on the land. Or, think about road conditions in the winter. What are you going to do with an electric vehicle in the snow? It’s not going to work.
In response to the comment, Mercedes Schlapp, former President Donald Trump’s White House Communications, tweeted, “Everyone can probably afford electric cars in the world that Pete Buttigieg lives in. Are average Americans struggling with record-high gas prices? Not so much.”
It’s not only the vehicle that’s the problem. It’s everything that comes with it and the inconvenience of plugging it in and making sure it’s charging. No gas can in the world will help someone who lives in a rural area who forgets or runs out of electricity. They’ll be stuck. Not to mention if Buttigieg wants to talk about the power grid being so awful, he must consider that rural people can’t rely on the power every day of the year. A power outage means no vehicles. An electric vehicle means you can only drive so far, then you have to recharge the car for several hours, and that’s not going to work. If disastrous weather such as a tornado, hurricane, etc. Comes along, rural people are sitting ducks, and they can’t live like that.
Emily Zanotti said, “You realize that, even if it’s fully electric, you’re still accountable to the price of fossil fuels, right? It runs on two different kinds of fossil fuels.”
Correct again. All-electric vehicles are powered almost strictly on fossil fuels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration released numbers showing where electricity comes from in the United States, and fossil fuels make up 60.6% of all electricity. Natural gas comes in second, and coal comes in third. Renewable energy makes up less than 20% of the electricity in the U.S. It is why so many people are upset that President Joe Biden is shutting down pipelines. It’s taking away chunks of 40.5% of the electricity grid.
Not to mention that AAA “found that owning a new, compact electric vehicle was only slightly more expensive, about $600 annually.”
Also, if you purchase an electric vehicle, you’re not supporting the American economy. According to Nature, “most lithium-ion batteries are produced in China, Japan, and South Korea.”
They also noted that China’s government policies allow for financial and regulatory incentives for recycled vehicle batteries. That means that the clean energy everyone keeps talking about is going out the window.
Buttigieg also said, “families who own that vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again.” That wouldn’t be the issue. New electric vehicles cost at least $55,000, and it’s ridiculous to assume people can afford that price with inflation at the rate it’s going.