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By now it should be clear that the Biden administration isn’t going to do anything about skyrocketing gas prices outside of symbolic gestures like tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because the pain at the pump serves as its best argument for ushering in the transition to electric vehicles, a key component of the president’s green agenda.
While Biden, Democrats and their advocates in the media are spinning the crushing blow to American household budgets by blaming it all on Vladimir Putin, the truth is that gas prices were already at the highest level in years well before Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border, a result of administration policies that are hostile to the domestic fossil fuel industry including the cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office.
The indifference from Biden and his top cabinet members toward the suffering of real Americans is exemplified by the words of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg who shrugged off the very real concerns of the little people, essentially saying to get used to being gouged until the U.S. adapts the utopian provisions of the Green New Deal and clean energy.
BUTTIGIEG: “Until we achieve a form of energy independence that is based on clean energy,” get used to price hikes. pic.twitter.com/UMWBrVPe9R
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 3, 2022
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who had little experience with infrastructure outside of fixing potholes before he was put in charge of the Department of Transportation by Biden made his remarks at a Friday news conference where he announced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new fuel efficiency standards to be implemented that will require new vehicles to average 49 miles per gallon by 2026.
According to the DOT’s press release, “This announcement of new standards comes as the automobile industry is retooling production for future models in response to rapidly growing market demand for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Nearly all auto manufacturers have announced new electric vehicle models.
Last month, “Mayor Pete” pitched the benefits of gas savings for Americans who purchase costly electric vehicles despite the lack of charging stations.
Gas prices got you down?
Pete Buttigieg says too bad-buy an electric vehicle.
You couldn’t buy an electric car right now even if you could afford one.
Out-of-touch and tone deaf!
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) March 8, 2022
Buttigieg’s boss is also plugging EV’s as a magic solution to the high fuel prices that his policies helped to create.
BIDEN: "A typical driver will save about $80 a month from not having to pay gas at the pump" if they just buy an electric car. pic.twitter.com/Rjjtj7poeJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 31, 2022
Twitter reacted to Secretary Pete’s elitist remarks.
— SgtPepper1964 (@SPepper1964) April 3, 2022
We were energy independent with the last administration…🤬
— Chuck Melis (@MelisChuck) April 3, 2022
Clean energy is a myth. Just like Pete’s qualifications.
— LaughAtLefties (@LaughAtLefties) April 3, 2022
This is their plan. They’re actually happy about rising gas prices.
— Candy Lamb (@candylamb47) April 3, 2022
They won’t be happy until we’re on bicycles.
“125 miles of new bikeways since 2020. We never built bike infrastructure this quickly in #Chicago‘s history. In 2-3 yrs we’re gonna hit 500 miles of bikeways.”
Chicago to give 5,000 ‘free’ bikes and helmets. https://t.co/UGbmkyWoqF
— Beverly A. Pekala (@PekalaLaw) April 3, 2022
It blows me mind they feel comfortable going into midterms with this message.
— Nick Sznajder (@Nikocharles2) April 3, 2022
Or we could just invalidate the current administration and return to common sense energy policies…
— RAmmer (@AnnesLimo) April 3, 2022
Screw you Pete
— Lisa (@kittywhisperer7) April 3, 2022
On Thursday, Biden proudly announced that he had authorized a release of one million barrels a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next six months but for anyone who may believe that relief is on the way, one of his top economic advisers revealed that the measure would amount to a savings of a measly 10 cents a gallon, bringing a torrent of mockery on Twitter.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 2, 2022
In an interesting side note, subsidies on Mexican gasoline will no longer be available in areas that are close to the border because too many U.S. drivers are gassing up to avoid the excessive gas prices at home.
According to a report from Reuters, “The suspension of the subsidy from April 2-8 covers cities in the border states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora and Baja California, including Tijuana, one of the world’s busiest border crossings.”
“Mexico’s finance ministry said in a statement there was a gasoline shortage in the area ‘from an imbalance between supply and demand’,” the outlet reported. “In the United States, gasoline prices are higher than in Mexico, and citizens of that country cross the border to stock up, the finance ministry said.”
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