Americans are suffering at the pump and many are wondering just how high gas prices are going to go. This week, the national average hit $4.91 per gallon, which is double the price when Trump left office.
Democrat leaders appear curiously unfazed, and many believe it’s because it furthers their “green agenda.” They also say it’s the reason why the Biden administration refuses to drill in the U.S.
But one Democrat representative made a big PR blunder — and she won’t live it down any time soon.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) addressed the record-high fuel costs during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. However, she didn’t seem interested in lowering the gas prices.
Instead, she said the prices just wouldn’t matter if Americans simply jumped aboard the electric bandwagon. Again, it’s a common refrain from leftists: ignore fossil fuel-driven cars and go EV.
Unfortunately, her timing is questionable given that the vast majority of drivers don’t own an EV, and the economic conditions don’t make it easy to buy one.
Her statement is an example of how out-of-touch these leaders seem to be, according to many frustrated citizens.
Via Washington Examiner:
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said it ‘doesn’t matter’ how high gas prices go because she drives an electric vehicle, sparking backlash as gas prices in the United States climb to record highs with no short-term relief in sight.
When the subject of the skyrocketing gas prices came up, Stabenow spoke about getting an EV and driving it home from Michigan. Of course, “it didn’t matter” how high the gas prices were during that trip.
Then she added that she hopes more people will do the same, and then we won’t be “dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets.”
She added that supply chain issues have led to the high costs of EVs, though most will remind Sen. Stabenow that electric vehicles have never been cheap. They’re often much more expensive than gasoline-powered cars.
Currently, the Kelley Blue Book average cost of an EV is $56,437, which is over $10k more than the industry average.
And in regards to the “whims of oil companies,” some say we’re only at the whim of foreign oil conglomerates. If we simply drilled in the U.S., we could’ve avoided this entire disaster.
Unsurprisingly, Stabenow’s comments kicked off a windfall of backlash on social media.
Said PA GOP Rep. Mike Kelly on Twitter:
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We also find many posts criticizing Stabenow and her colleagues for just being woefully out-of-touch with the average American. And most claim that’s precisely who’s hurting most in these times.
Last month, JPMorgan analysts predicted that the national average could go well over $6/gallon by August.
Most industry insiders and experts say the prices won’t be coming down any time soon, primarily due to low availability and high demand. The bottom line is that these prices haven’t stopped people yet.
AAA spokesman Andrew Gross said that despite the prices, “people are still fueling up.” So until drivers change their habits, the prices will remain high.
At the same time, we have elected officials like Sen. Stabenow essentially telling people to go drop $50/$60k – or more – on an electric vehicle, with out-of-control inflation and skyrocketing cost of living.