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Out-Of-Touch Biden Official Tells Low-Income Americans To Buy New Appliances

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Inflation is affecting Americans at all income levels, but the poorest citizens are feeling the effects of higher prices more than anyone else.

For that reason, it was especially infuriating when Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm used her recent forum on Fox News to tell low-income Americans that they should be spending money they don’t have on “green” energy devices that they don’t need.

The disingenuous and tone-deaf remarks came while she was trying to defend the ironically named Inflation Reduction Act.

According to TheBlaze:

Speaking with fill-in host Trace Gallagher on “Fox News Sunday,” Granholm responded to criticism that tax credits built into the Inflation Reduction Act only financially benefit Americans who can afford clean-energy items like solar panels and energy-efficient appliances.

Shockingly, Granholm claimed even low-income Americans, those with the least disposable income, also benefit — by spending imaginary money they probably do not have.

“If you are low-income, you can get your home entirely weatherized through the expansion from the bipartisan infrastructure laws, a significant expansion — you don’t have to pay for anything,” she said. “If you want heat pumps, insulation, new windows, that is covered.

“If you are moderate-income, today you can get 30% off the price of solar panels. Those solar panels can be financed, so you don’t have to have the big outlay at the front,” she added. “If you don’t qualify for the weatherization program, you will be able to, starting next year, get rebates on the appliances and equipment that will help you reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 30%. That is all about reducing costs for people.”

Her elitist attitude is nothing new for the Biden administration — or the Democratic Party in general — but it did spark some pretty harsh backlash among Americans who are tired of seeing poor Americans used as pawns in the far left’s agenda.

Granholm has also encouraged Americans to go further into debt to buy electric vehicles that are often unreliable and cost substantially more than comparable vehicles with a traditional powertrain.

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Of course, she’s not alone. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg parrotted the same line last month, which drew the ire of GOP lawmakers, economists, and other critics.

As Fox Business reported:

However, experts highlighted that cheaper EVs are still more expensive than comparable traditional cars and must be charged more often due to their relatively low range. For example, the 2022 Chevy Bolt referenced by Buttigieg costs $26,595 and has a range of 259 miles while the traditional engine 2022 Chevy Spark costs $14,595 and has a range of 297 miles, according to company data.

“Customers are clever enough to figure this out despite the snow job from the electric vehicle promoters and people like Secretary Buttigieg,” Myron Ebell, the director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, told FOX Business in an interview.

“It’s really kind of a con job,” Ebell said. “It may be a good deal for some people in some places under some circumstances. But by-and-large right now, it’s not a good deal.”

Here’s a video Granholm and Buttigieg made together to tout the perceived importance of electric vehicles.


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