Hey, President Biden! Where’d You Hide All Those EV Charging Stations?

The Biden administration has poured tens of billions of dollars into green energy; however, last year, the United States and the world used record-breaking amounts of fossil fuels.

First impression evidence is that this “great transition” to renewable energy has been a costly policy faceplant. 

Evidence is everywhere. Americans aren’t purchasing electric vehicles more often than before President Joe Biden was elected. Even with record federal subsidies, car manufacturers are losing billions of dollars producing EVs that people don’t want. Solar and wind still make up less than 10% of U.S. energy, and across the nation, hundreds of communities say, “Not in my backyard,” to spacious, ugly wind and solar farms.

Of course, gas prices at the pump and electric bills are 30% to 50% higher, even though we were promised the green revolution would save us money.

One example is the scandalous mismanagement of the implementation of green energy.

Consider the $7.5 billion federal program tucked inside the 2021 infrastructure bill—legislation that Biden touts as one of his most significant achievements. The bill promised to install half a million EV charging stations nationwide.

Instead…can I have a drumroll, please? There have been a whopping “seven or eight installed.” That is through last month, though. They may have soared to nine now. 

When Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, was confronted recently on CBS’s “Face the Nation” about where all the money went, he mumbled and stumbled, finally replying, “In order to do a charger, it’s more than just plunking a small device into the ground. There’s utility work, and this is also, really, a new category of federal investment.”

Hmm. OK. Sounds sketchy.

Yet another mystery is why Mayor Pete can’t give us an exact count on the progress when the number is minute enough to count on two hands.

At this pace, 500 may be installed by 2040—not the 500,000 promised by the Biden administration.

Thank the good Lord, our celebrated transportation secretary, known for riding his bike to his Washington office, wasn’t in charge of the D-Day landing.

There is also the question of where the $7.5 billion in taxpayer money has ended up. At the current production rate, the program’s final price could inflate to over $1 trillion.

If Donald Trump were still president, he would have summoned the secretary to the Oval Office and uttered those two famous words: “You’re fired.”

Instead, many Democrats are quietly discussing tossing Biden off the ticket, and one of the frontrunners to take his place is the accomplished Buttigieg.

However, there are some substantial lessons to be learned from the massive screwup.

First, Although Joe Biden loves chatting about how much money the government is “investing,” where are the signs that any of these borrowed trillions have improved our lives? This EV charger scandal is only one more reminder that the government doesn’t “invest” your tax dollars. It wastes them.

Second — Competency matters. A Committee to Unleash Prosperity study found that more than 90% of Joe Biden’s top finance and economic team had zero business experience.

We have a Transportation Secretary who knows nothing about transportation and a Secretary of Energy who knows nothing about energy. They are academics, attorneys, government employees, or politicians.

They aren’t bad people. They are just unable to run anything — that’s obvious.

Lastly, why does the government need to construct EV charging stations? A hundred years ago, the government didn’t build gas stations. They just magically appeared all over the roads crisscrossing the United States because entrepreneurs responded to the demand.

A few brothers or family members would save and scrape together some funds, purchase a plot of land along a major thoroughfare, construct a service station with some hoses connected to a tank, raise a tall sign posting the price of gasoline, and drivers would pull in and fill up their tanks.

All “infrastructure” was created without a single instruction manual or penny from Washington.

Can you imagine if Joe Biden had been president in the 1920s and announced the government would build 500,000 gas stations? They still wouldn’t be built, and we would all continue to wait in long lines.