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Buttigieg Stammers To Explain Electric Car Fiasco

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has once again found himself in hot water, this time over President Joe Biden’s relentless push for electric vehicles (EVs) and the administration’s abysmal track record in transforming billions of dollars in federal investment into a functional network of charging stations. Buttigieg faced pointed questions during a Sunday interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” with host Margaret Brennan, who didn’t shy away from highlighting the administration’s failures.

In a clip played during the interview, former President Donald Trump lambasted Biden’s obsession with electric vehicles: “Do you notice [Biden]’s trying to save the electric vehicle but not the gas-powered, which is the vehicle that everybody wants. They’re going crazy with the electric car, costing us a fortune. We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars subsidizing a car that nobody wants and nobody’s ever gonna buy.” Trump’s blunt assessment resonated with many Americans who see through the green charade.

Brennan, hardly a conservative firebrand, responded to Trump’s remarks with a simple yet powerful acknowledgment: “He’s not wrong.” Buttigieg, clearly flustered, attempted to defend the administration’s stance, but Brennan was having none of it. “On the purchasing, he’s not. Of the 4 million vehicles purchased, you know what- 269,000 electric vehicles were sold in the US market. It’s up like 2%,” she countered, underscoring the public’s tepid reception to EVs despite massive government subsidies.

The conversation then turned to the staggering $7.5 billion investment from taxpayers in 2021, intended to create a robust charging network for electric vehicles. Astonishingly, this colossal expenditure has resulted in the construction of a mere seven or eight charging stations—a pitiful outcome for a project that Buttigieg is supposed to be overseeing. Brennan rightly pressed Buttigieg on this glaring failure.

Buttigieg’s response was as underwhelming as his performance: he claimed that building charging stations was “really hard” and assured that 500,000 would be built over the next six years. This promise rings hollow, considering the administration’s inability to deliver even ten stations after nearly three years.

This fiasco epitomizes the broader issues with the Biden administration’s approach to energy and transportation. The push for electric vehicles, while noble in theory, has been poorly executed and reflects a profound disconnect from the preferences and needs of everyday Americans. The reality is that most people prefer reliable, affordable gas-powered vehicles over expensive, inconvenient electric ones.

Moreover, the appointment of Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary seems to be more about checking diversity boxes than genuine competence. Buttigieg’s lack of experience in transportation and infrastructure has been glaringly evident throughout his tenure. His inability to effectively manage the EV charging station project is just the latest in a series of missteps and failures that have plagued his time in office.

The American people deserve leaders who are chosen based on merit and expertise, not for the sake of diversity optics. The country cannot afford to waste billions of dollars on ill-conceived projects that deliver little to no tangible benefits. As Buttigieg continues to flounder in his role, it becomes increasingly clear that his appointment was a mistake—one that underscores the incompetence and misguided priorities of the Biden administration.

In conclusion, Pete Buttigieg and the electric vehicle debacle are emblematic of a government out of touch with its citizens, squandering taxpayer dollars on unpopular and poorly managed initiatives. It’s time for a course correction, one that prioritizes the needs and preferences of the American people over ideological crusades and political tokenism. The future of our transportation system and the efficient use of taxpayer money depend on it.

 

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