Looks like Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is spazzing out over not having a highly publicized interview over the last few weeks.
As he’s now back in the news and more bumbling than ever in his latest commentaries, which, as usual, achieve nothing of substance, aside from ever-more apparent allusions to increased governmental control in the future.
Which is why it’s no surprise that Buttigieg is apparently a great admirer of California Gavin Newsom, whose COVID policies were so authoritarian he faced a recall election.
To no one’s surprise, Newsom “won” the recall, though ballots were only counted in California.
And, to no one’s surprise, Newsom continued along in his arrogant ways, from funding anti-DeSantis campaigns (while his in-laws ironically fund pro-DeSantis campaigns) to declared that no gas-powered cars would be sold in the state from 2035 onwards.
The announcement regarding gas-powered cars was especially humorous, considering that exactly one day later, the state of California commanded all citizens to avoid charging electric cars due to enormous strain on the electricity system.
Dems and their practicality. Never a frequent combination.
Humorously, Buttigieg apparently missed the memo on California’s inability to provide sufficient infrastructure for mass-scale car charging, and instead has opted to fantasize about all the magical benefits from all Americans driving EVs.
“It’s interesting to see how the states are trying to go above and beyond what we’re doing at the federal level,” Buttigieg declared, “I’m really interested in these developments, while we continue to set a national policy that’s the baseline for all of this. We need to move in the direction of electric vehicles.”
Oh, that’s just what conservatives here. A nation that needs to “move in the direction” of a “baseline” set in California
Even Elon Musk, who stands to profit enormously from a mass push to EVs, has cautioned against such a rapid rollout.
“Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will crumble,” Musk mused, “one of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and to a sustainable economy. That will take some decades to complete.”
Apparently, Buttigieg didn’t get that memo about Musk’s vastly superior thought process regarding sustainability either, considering that he expressed polar opposite sentiments in the interview.
“We’ve got to make sure that this happens quickly enough to help us beat climate change,” Buttigieg boomed, “we’ve got to make sure it happens affordably enough that’s it not just wealthy people, but low-income people who most need those gas savings if they can afford the EVs in the first place.”
Oh sure, Buttigieg. Keep up the pipe dreams. In the meantime, take a hint from Musk.
For that matter, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm needs to take a hint as well.
“The real truth is that as long as our nation remains overly reliant on oil and fossil fuels, we will feel these price shocks again,” Granholm gravely intoned, “this is not going to be the last time. The next time there’s a war, the next time there’s a pandemic or another hurricane, these extreme weather events we are experiencing – they will impact the access that we have to fossil fuels.”
Well, yeah, Ms. Granholm … “shocks” will probably occur with great frequency, considering that Biden decided to become totally reliant on foreign oil from foreign enemies while simultaneously draining the oil reserves Trump filled to capacity while in power.
Draining the oil reserves to sell to China, no less.
One thing is for absolute certain: Buttigieg personifies the type of Cabinet official Obama had in mind when he famously bragged about the Biden administration “finishing the job” of his administration.
“Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job. And I think it’ll be an interesting test,” Obama boastfully declared, “[as] ninety percent of the folks who were there in my administration, they are continuing and building on the policies we talked about, whether it’s the Affordable Care Act, or our climate change agenda, and the Paris [Climate Accord].”
If Biden’s approval rating is anything to go by, Americans are hardly enthralled by Obama’s third term …
Author: Ofelia Thornton