by Joseph DeMaio, ©2022
(Jun. 13, 2022) — As background, when President Trump left his first term in office – hint… hint… – your humble servant could fill the 18-gallon gas tank in his car for around $40. Today, your humble servant paid $96.25 for 17.6 gallons of gas for the same car. Ouch. The only thing rising faster is the general consumer price index and overall monthly general inflation.
This anecdote – and ones much worse – are being repeated every hour of every day of every week of every month across the nation since Brandon the Goof – “BTG,” for brevity – occupied the Oval Office. The term “occupied” is used because it better describes his “installation” into the office, since the term “elected” would suggest a false legitimacy to his claim over the presidency.
BTG’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline on the first day of his occupation – followed by a moronic pogrom waged against oil and natural gas leases on federal lands – started the gasoline price launch. His acts and omissions since then have done nothing…, as in “zero”…, to moderate the rise but instead have promoted everything possible to exacerbate it. Successfully.
And then, of course, we have brain-dead Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow (D–MI) bragging that stratospheric gas prices don’t impact her at all, because she just acquired an electric car and drove it from Michigan to her cave in the Capitol, never stopping once for gas. She can’t wait for everyone to follow her lead and abandon those evil, carbon-spewing, fossil-fueled contrivances as soon as possible. Go green. Now.
Easy. Just go dump your gas-powered vehicle and exchange it for an electric, with an average retail price of $56K which, after a combined state and municipal sales or use tax of, say, 9%, means a drive-off-the-lot total of just over $61,000. The 2022 median American household annual income is $61,937.
Translation: in order to avoid high gas prices, all one needs to do is to go buy an electric vehicle for around 98% of their annual household income, financed over time, of course, at interest rates explosively ballooned by raging inflation thanks to BTG’s lunatic economic policies. Simple. Even brilliant.
But far more “brilliant” is Stabenow’s colossal ignorance regarding where the power to recharge the batteries in her electric car comes from: coal-fired or natural gas-fired power generating plants. While nuclear plants, wind and solar also contribute to powering the grid, coal and natural gas currently account for nearly two-thirds of the fuel needed to generate the electricity to reliably – day or night, rain or shine – feed the grid.
Sooo, Debbie – may we call you “Deb?” – have you given any thought at all to what might happen when millions and millions of electrics flood the charging stations and garage electric outlets with recharging demand far exceeding capacity and supply? Answer: the cost of electricity soars, not only for you, but for everyone else, until… wait for it…, wait for it…, fossil fuel generating capacity cannot keep up with recharging demand…, and rolling blackouts cascade across the nation. In August. Everything stops.
And unlike the half-hour power suspension in the 1951 sci-fi classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the juice which keeps us alive doesn’t come back for weeks or months. Who needs an EMP when green electrics flood the roads?
And in the meantime, all those who ditched their fossil-fueled cars sit in their Teslas, Chevy Volts and Audi e-trons, watching the gas-powered cars – with air conditioning on “high” pumping out 40º cold air and with the windows up – cruise by.
This “let them eat cake” brilliance from Democrat Stabenow matches – and arguably exceeds –the oceanographic genius of Democrat Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson. Recall that it was Johnson who feared that the stationing of more U.S. Marine personnel on Guam could cause the island to … capsize and “tip over.” Seriously…, watch the YouTube video clip.
Yes, Virginia, Stabenow and Johnson and scores of Democrats like them are the faux Nobel laureates who want your votes in November so that BTG can continue his grip on power without fear of impeachment in 2023.
Reject their requests…, do the right thing by setting the stage for an impeachment…, you will sleep easier…, as will the Founders.