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Buttigieg Says Americans Should Get Electric Cars If They Are Concerned About Gas Prices

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Democrat Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has a solution for you if you are infuriated and hurting from the high price of gasoline, but the solution only works if you are in an income tax bracket that would make you a good donor to a political party. Say, the Democrats.

For the peasants who are reeling from high gas prices, our fantastic Secretary of Transportation says the solution is to purchase an electric car.

“Clean transportation can bring significant cost savings for the American people as well,” he said during a speech. “Last month, we announced a $5 billion investment to build out a nationwide electric vehicle charging network so that people from rural to suburban to urban communities can all benefit from the gas savings of driving an EV.”

“Today is about how we can deliver cleaner air, a better climate, affordable transportation, and good jobs all at once,” he said.

Fox News reported:

Although the cost of electric vehicles has come down in recent years, they still remain out of reach for millions of Americans, with an average price hovering around $50,000. 

EV’s also rely on raw materials like cobalt and lithium for their batteries. A surge in demand for EV’s would necessitate greater reliance on countries like Congo, Russia, and China which mine these materials.  

Buttigieg’s remarks came as gas prices are surging across the U.S. as calls grow to ban imports of Russian oil over Moscow’s unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. 

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Prices at the pump were rising long before the conflict but have increased faster since the start of the war. 

The U.S. national average for a gallon of gasoline has soared 45 cents a gallon in the past week and topped $4.06 on Monday, according to auto club AAA.  

It is simple for Buttigieg to tell everyday people to get an expensive electric car when you consider he accepted some $250,000 in gifts and donations from mayoral candidates who later took in tens of millions in grant money he is doling out as part of a $210 billion infrastructure fund, a report noted last month.

According to the Daily Mail, “Buttigieg’s top political donors received millions of dollars in city contracts after giving thousands to his campaigns while he was mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”

“Buttigieg’s political action committees took money from 23 companies who then got jobs from South Bend’s Board of Public Works whose members he appointed, documents obtained by” the outlet revealed.

On two separate occasions, said the report, Buttigieg, who at one time was a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, took in donations on the same day companies were awarded contracts.

The report adds:

Other city contractors gifted the mayor cigars, alcohol, and golf trips worth hundreds of dollars.

The companies, their executives, and spouses donated a total of $253,750 to Buttigieg’s campaigns and received a total of at least $33,310,426 in city contracts between 2011 and 2019. 

After Buttigieg appointed one former company executive to the city’s Public Works department, the firm was then handed multiple infrastructure jobs and became one of Mayor Pete’s largest donors.

Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend from 2012 to 2020. He was appointed transportation secretary by President Joe Biden early last year.

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According to government watchdogs, the pattern of donations and awarded contracts appear to implicate Buttigieg in a “pay to play” scandal while also raising concerns about whether the hundreds of billions the Transportation secretary gets to dole out as part of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill will be put to the best use for the country.

“The pattern of contracts and donations appears to be a huge conflict of interest,” said Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams in a statement to the Daily Mail.

“This really doesn’t bode well for the secretary of transportation when he has access to almost $1.2trillion in infrastructure money,” he continued. “This is alarming, and very concerning because this is the swamp personified. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to look at this and think that something’s wrong here.

“Was there a quid pro quo? Was there some sort of backroom deal for these projects? Taxpayers deserve answers,” he added.

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