Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg admitted during testimony in the House that the “pain” from high gas prices has increased the benefit for electric vehicle owners, then immediately tried to deny saying it.
Buttigieg was testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, and was being grilled by Rep. Carlos Giménez (R-FL) regarding the efficiency of electric vehicles when he accidentally slipped up and told the truth about the Biden administration’s assault on American energy.
“You would agree that the higher the price of gas, the faster you reach that parity?” Giménez asked.
“Of course, 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,” Buttigieg responded. “That’s why we’re hoping you and your colleagues might reconsider opposing the reduction of EV upfront prices and tax credits.”
“So, you’re saying the more pain we have, the more benefit we’re gonna get? I think that’s what I heard you say,” the Florida congressman asked.
“No! That’s what you heard me say?” the transportation secretary replied, laughing nervously. “I know you want me to say it so bad, but honestly sir, what we’re saying is that we could have no pain at all by making EVs cheaper for everybody, and we’d love to have your support on that.”
Giménez emphasized how monumental Buttigieg’s slip-up was by sharing the video of his comments from his official Twitter account.
“The Biden Administration’s all-out assault on American energy serves one purpose: it is a deliberate attempt to force electric vehicles onto Americans by hurting you and your paychecks,” the GOP congressman tweeted. “Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told me himself in today’s T&I hearing.”
The Biden Administration's all-out assault on American energy serves one purpose: it is a deliberate attempt to force electric vehicles onto Americans by hurting you and your paychecks.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told me himself in today's T&I hearing.
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) July 19, 2022
Buttigieg was also called out for previous comments he made in which he asserted that Americans who were frustrated over skyrocketing gas prices could avoid paying high prices at the pump by buying an electric car. Of course, the transportation secretary was roasted following those comments considering the fact that the average price tag for an electric vehicle is more than $56,000.