Buttigieg admits Biden admin is leveraging high gas prices to induce EV transition

Americans who suspect that high gasoline prices have been deliberately engineered to induce a transition away from fossil fuels just had their “conspiracy theory” confirmed by the Biden White House.

Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg effectively admitted that the administration wants to leverage pain at the pump to pressure Americans to buy electric cars, Fox News reported.

Damning admission

Speaking with the radio show BigBoyTV, Buttigieg conceded that electric cars are still too expensive for most Americans as he hinted at government plans to incentivize “most Americans” to buy them.

“We’re for cutting the cost of electric vehicles, because when you have an electric vehicle then you’re also gonna be able to save on gas, but you’ve got to be able to afford it in the first place,” he said.

With high enough gas prices, Americans could save money by switching to electric, Buttigieg said.

“Now we’re actually starting to see on some models, the cost come to where, even if your car payment’s a little higher, your gas payment will be a little lower and you come out ahead.”

“But the prices still need to come down for most Americans to be able to get an EV.”

Democrat elites manufacture crisis

The typical electric car costs over $50,000. Buttigieg was criticized by Republicans, who hammered home the message that “the pain is the point” from the Biden regime’s point of view.

Buttigieg’s line has been part of the White House talking points for some time, now. In June, President Biden called for a transition to electric cars “so we never have to pay at the pump in the first place” and to take away leverage that “menacing dictators” like Vladimir Putin have on energy costs.

Biden has repeatedly described the pain at the pump as “Putin’s price hike,” although he has also blamed the crisis on domestic gas station owners.

Opponents of Biden say that the president — who promised to end fossil fuels on the campaign trail — manufactured a crisis with a misguided energy policy.

The price of gas has come down marginally in recent weeks after Biden controversially tapped the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves, but still remains well above pre-Biden levels.

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