Buttigieg: Struggling Families Worried about Gas Prices Should 'Buy an Electric Car'
Secretary of Transportation gives solution to soaring gas prices
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told struggling American families, who are worried about rising fuel costs, to buy an electric car and "never have to worry about gas prices again."
Buttigieg told MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart that the Biden administration's Build Back Better legislation would include incentives for switching to electric vehicles.
"Most of the physical infrastructure work was contemplated in the bill that was just signed, but there is more envisioned in the Build Back Better law," Buttigieg explained.
"I'll give you one example: It contains incentives to make it more affordable to buy an electric vehicle, up to a $12,500 discount in effect for families thinking about getting an EV."
"Families that once they own that electric vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again," he added.
Buttigieg said rural drivers would benefit most from electric vehicles.
"The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the longest distances to drive," he said.
"They burn the most gas," he explained.
"And underserved urban residents in areas where there are high gas prices and they're lower income."
"So they would gain the most by having that vehicle."
Buttigieg added that electric vehicles that people could reap the cost benefits of electric cars are made less expensive.
Buttigieg's remarks come amid soaring gas prices in the U.S.
According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.29, up from $2.18 in 2020.
In August, Biden begged Russia and Saudi Arabia for help fighting rising gas prices.
Biden called on a Russian-led conglomerate of 23 oil-producing countries to increase oil production to combat rising fuel prices.
Neon Nettle reported last week that the Biden administration is pushing a new plan to restrict oil and gas drilling across America, despite the nation's ongoing energy crisis.
The Biden admin has released a plan to “reform” the federal leasing program for oil and gas drilling nationwide.
The plan recommends limiting the available areas for new drilling and imposing higher costs on energy companies.
However, the move comes as Americans are already struggling with the growing national energy crisis.