It appears that the Biden-Harris Administration and state-level Democratic politicians are attempting to push electric vehicles in spite of the fact that today is not yet the time for America and Americans to be ready for them.
This was made evident when Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm decided to take a public relations trip with an NPR reporter, Camila Domonoske, which resulted in a headline reading: “Electric cars have a road trip problem, even for the secretary of energy”.
According to the article:
But between stops, Granholm’s entourage at times had to grapple with the limitations of the present. Like when her caravan of EVs — including a luxury Cadillac Lyriq, a hefty Ford F-150 and an affordable Bolt electric utility vehicle — was planning to fast-charge in Grovetown, a suburb of Augusta, Georgia.
Her advance team realized there weren’t going to be enough plugs to go around. One of the station’s four chargers was broken, and others were occupied. So an Energy Department staffer tried parking a nonelectric vehicle by one of those working chargers to reserve a spot for the approaching secretary of energy.
That did not go down well: a regular gas-powered car blocking the only free spot for a charger?
In fact, a family that was boxed out — on a sweltering day, with a baby in the vehicle — was so upset they decided to get the authorities involved: They called the police.
Clearly, this was not what NPR or the White House anticipated nor desired to occur. Nevertheless, it is commendable that the left-leaning state media outlet chose not to suppress this story.
It is deplorable that the White House would go so far as to put a family with a baby in a sweltering environment for their own political gain. Fortunately, such reprehensible tactics have been thwarted.
Without the presence of an advance team, this story still highlights the impracticality of attempting to push for mass adoption of electric vehicles in a country that lacks sufficient infrastructure.
As Nick Arama from Red State noted, we may not have even heard about this story if the family hadn’t accelerated their grievance:
Good for the family who wasn’t taking that nonsense and called the police on them. The police couldn’t do much, however, because it’s not illegal to do what the Secretary’s team did. But realizing they had a potential PR nightmare on their hands, they “scrambled to smooth over the situation, including sending other vehicles to slower chargers, until both the frustrated family and the secretary had room to charge.”
The White House has been attempting to demonstrate the advantages of electric vehicles, and it is unclear how far they are willing to go in order to do so.
While their efforts have been focused on creating a positive perception, leaving a family with an infant exposed to sweltering temperatures in Georgia does not seem appropriate.