Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on Thursday called on the Biden administration to urge Americans to buy electric vehicles as the inflationary crisis erodes the purchasing power of their paychecks.
What is the background?
The Biden administration has hailed record-high gas prices for accelerating the “incredible transition” from oil and gas to electric vehicles.
Since gasoline prices began skyrocketing this spring, government officials have repeatedly urged Americans to buy electric vehicles. The problem is that electric vehicles are very expensiveand with the simultaneous inflationary crisis, most Americans can’t spend more than $60,000 for an electric vehicle.
What happened on Thursday?
Noting the “transition” government officials consistently praise, Doocy asked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the daily news briefing if President Joe Biden felt comfortable forcing Americans through a “painful transition.”
“Many people can’t afford a $60,000 electric car, and they’re finding it difficult to afford gas right now. That sounds like a painful transition,” he said. “So how much of this kind of pain is the President okay with?”
In response, Jean-Pierre praised the transition because it will “create jobs” and “give families some tax credits.”
“But who can afford an electric car at the moment? Average price is $61,000,” Doocy replied. “Is that realistic? Is that the choice: $5.00 a gallon gas or a $61,000 electric car?”
The rebuttal must have irritated Jean-Pierre because it promptly ended Doocy’s questioning after accusing him of comparing apples to oranges.
“First – these are apples and oranges,” she said, before pushing for a temporary fuel tax suspension.
“It will make a difference,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “We’re talking about 18 cents at the federal level; we’re talking about an average of 30 cents at the state level. And if the oil refinery does its job, if it does what we’re asking it to do, which is put its profits back so gas prices can go down — that’s nearly $1.00 a gallon. This is important.
“In order. We’re done,” she said bluntly.
06/23/22: press conference by spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre
https://www.theblaze.com/news/doocy-biden-push-electric-vehicles Press sec ends the questioning abruptly when a Fox News reporter brings facts about electric vehicles: “All right. We’re done’