Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg offered out-of-touch advice to American families who are struggling to make ends meet due to soaring gas prices.
Buttigieg told lawmakers, “The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”
The remark comes as gas prices are now 89 percent higher than they were at the beginning of President Biden’s term, according to the Daily Wire.
Immediately, Buttigieg’s insensitive comment was met with a reply from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY).
“So you’re saying the more pain we have, the more benefit we’re gonna get?” Massie asked. “I think that’s what I heard you say.”
Buttigieg answered, “Of course — no, no, that’s what you heard me say,” Buttigieg replied. “I know you want me to say it’s so bad but honestly, sir, what we’re saying is we could have no pain at all by making EVs cheaper for everyone.”
Massie insisted that electric vehicles use more energy than their gasoline counterparts, citing that they even require more electricity than the average household’s air conditioning.
Nevertheless, Buttigieg continued to push the Biden administration line that increasing energy prices aren’t so bad if they push the U.S. towards green energy
The Transportation Secretary failed to mention that the average cost of an electric vehicle in the U.S. is over $60,000, a high price tag for everyday Americans who are battling record-breaking inflation.
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