State Department official: “I prefer high gas prices”

Many Americans feel they’re being financially killed by high gas prices, with Newsweek citing a poll published by Gallup earlier this month which found that two-thirds are experiencing financial hardship due to fuel prices.

However, steep prices at the pump aren’t bothering everyone, as one federal official recently said that expensive gas is something he welcomes. 

State Department official: “I prefer high gas prices”

According to Fox News, that comment was made on Friday by Senior State Department Foreign Service Officer Alan Eyre.

He was responding to a tweet from President Joe Biden, who claimed that American families are now less on average than they were when gas prices were at their peak.

Eyre replied, “I prefer high gas prices = less driving, less CO2.” Those words led to an exchange with former Republican California state senate candidate Ron Bassilian.

Bassilian accused Eyre of being a “ghoul” while also pointing out that gas is an inelastic demand for many Americans.

Eyre countered by saying, “I don’t think it is inelastic and I remember in the 1970s the oil embargo led to a massive increase in renewables.”

Bureaucrat boasts of his “kindness”

The State Department official then followed his comment up with the hashtag #BeKind, something which didn’t go over well with Bassilian.

“Be kind? Perhaps be kind to the billions of people left high and dry in this situation you praise. Saying a famine is a good way to start a diet is not kind,” the Republican pointed out.

Fox News noted that Eyre’s Twitter account bio contains the phrase “kindness, always kindness.” However, the account appears to have since been deactivated.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg drew criticism when he made similar comments during a radio interview, declaring, “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.”

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