In an interview aired on Friday’s broadcast of The Issue Is, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg responded to a question on whether he likes California’s plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and whether he thinks it could be a national model by stating that it’s “interesting” to see what states are doing and he’s “really interested to follow these developments” at the state level.
The diversity hire Buttigieg stated, “Well, it’s interesting to see how the states are trying to go above and beyond what we’re doing at the federal level, and I’m really interested to follow 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. And look, industry’s already there. At least one major automaker says they’re not even planning to make gas cars past 2035. But we’ve got to make sure that this happens quickly enough to help us beat climate change. We’ve got to make sure it happens affordably enough that it’s not just wealthy people, but low-income people who are the ones who most need those gas savings, if they can afford the EVs in the first place. And we need to make sure that this is a made-in-America EV revolution, which is why our policies are designed to encourage domestic sourcing, domestic battery materials so that we’re creating jobs on American soil.”
He added, “[W]e’re going to keep pushing, first of all, to seek to have gas prices go down, and secondly, to have fuel economy go up.”
Fact check: this administration’s far-Left goal is to bankrupt the fossil fuel industry and put catastrophically “green” policies in place that will cement Big Government control of every aspect of our daily lives. For the Democrats, this is not about creating jobs or beating “climate change” or helping low-income people; this is about seizing and consolidating power.