Pete Buttigieg Checks GOP Lawmakers Over ‘Incorrect’ EV Talk | EUROtoday

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg didn’t let Rep. Aaron Bean’s (R-Fla.) suggestion on electrical autos slide as he provided a depraved rebuttal at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee listening to on Thursday.

“Is there a time that you will say, ’You know what? This is just too expensive. This is just too expensive, we want to rethink this policy,’” requested Bean of tax rebates for EVs.

“If you think this is expensive, wait until you find out how much oil and gas subsidies you’ve been supporting,” Buttigieg replied.

“Also, wait until you find out the economic impact that some economists have put at $15 million every hour, or every day, trillions of dollars every year from allowing the environmental conditions in this country and planet to worsen.”

Buttigieg, elsewhere within the listening to, checked Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) for questioning Biden administration efforts to again EVs and for claiming there are “de facto” federal mandates to purchase them in an trade that’s in a “bit of a tailspin.”

“I’m wondering is there some point, and if you’ve identified some point, where you will stop, where the administration will stop, where the federal government will stop this requirement and let the market decide, as opposed to the central planning model and this dictatorial policy?” the far-right Republican requested.

Buttigieg famous that he was responding on “limited” time earlier than he rolled out his responses to Perry’s “factually incorrect portions” of his remarks.

“Beginning with the assertion that EV sales are going down, they are, in fact, going up every single year,” Buttigieg replied.

The Transportation secretary, who scolded Perry’s use of the phrase “tailspin” to explain a “growing sector” of the financial system, later left the lawmaker with one last problem to his claims.

“There is no mandate,” Buttigieg stated. “You can purchase a gas car if you want to pay gas prices at the pump. But if you don’t, you can purchase an EV.”