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We don’t need an expensive, mandatory detour to electric cars

We don't need an expensive, mandatory detour to electric cars

With gas prices approaching $5 a gallon almost everywhere, you’d think the left would be a little more careful about “saying the quiet part out loud.”

Take Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan. After buying a new electric vehicle — which costs nearly $60,000 on average — she bragged that on a recent trip to DC, she “dropped by every gas station and it didn’t matter how high it [the price of gas] Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, when gasoline was about $3.40 a gallon (last November alone, unbelievable), said, “Families that once they own that electric vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again.” .”

That’s the transportation equivalent of saying, “Let them eat cake.”

It’s becoming painfully clear that some on the left actually want higher gas prices, all to force Americans to buy expensive electric vehicles to beat a “climate catastrophe.” It’s hard to come to any other conclusion when you consider what they’ve done to limit supply and discourage investment in US oil and refining.

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The fact is, electric vehicles aren’t the best choice for everyone, even with thousands of dollars in tax subsidies for EVs and hidden government subsidies that make regular cars more expensive. EVs have a limited range and when you fill them up, they take a long time. According to AAA, the range for an EV is reduced by about 40% when it’s cold if you dare to use the heater. And it is reduced by about 20% in the heat if you use the air conditioning.

Even if you’re super-charging — a practice manufacturers encourage you to do sparingly to extend battery life — it can take 30 minutes or more for the battery to fully charge. If it’s cold or warm outside, it will take even longer. And that is if you can find a fast charger to start with.

There’s nothing wrong with choosing an EV, and if government policy makes all cars compete on a level playing field, some will. But why would taxpayers fund the lifestyle choices of mostly wealthy buyers with a $7,500 tax credit for a new car that most Americans can’t afford?

While President Biden and his allies in Congress are busy telling everyone to buy an EV, the administration is also promoting regulations and policies that increase the cost of the conventional vehicles they so despise. Take the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions standards, which aim to make conventional cars so expensive that half of all drivers choose an EV.

Consumers will weigh price, features and performance in addition to miles per gallon, which the EPA already mandates to display on a window sticker. We don’t need Washington’s “help” in the form of high fuel or vehicle prices.

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As usual, California has even more contact than DC. There, Governor Gavin Newsom wants to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars (along with lawn equipment). Every year he forces manufacturers to sell more and more EVs by making regular cars more expensive.

This isn’t new – it’s been a favorite trick in the left’s playbook for years. Former President Barack Obama said that to fight climate change, electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket,” and Mr. Obama’s budget director agreed that “price increases are essential” to help people make different choices. Perhaps that’s why Mr. Biden made the blunder of practically expressing his joy over higher gasoline prices:[When] it’s about gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less dependent on fossil fuels when this is over.

No thanks, Mr. President. We don’t want a government-imposed transition. We want the federal government to stop watering down investment and increasing regulation in our energy sector. We want to go back to the future of US energy dominance, which saw US supplies soar – so much so that America was the world’s largest oil producer and number one fuel exporter in the world. Then he has to trust that we make our own decisions about which car to buy.

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