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The only thing hypocritical Democrats produce on the climate is hot air

Republicans ruin the climate, don’t they? Consider some of the outrageous sins and stunts the evil party has perpetrated over the past few days, weeks, and months. Oh, oops – all those planet hating pols are Democrats.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a “Cut Inflation Act” whose $485 billion in spending is largely a giveaway to Big Auto. The bill will give families earning up to $300,000 up to $7,500 in tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles. Cars eligible for the credit can cost up to $80,000.

Electric cars emit less carbon than gasoline cars, yes. They are also cars (and with the $80,000 price “cap” on tax credits, more likely large SUVs). They actually pose more danger to pedestrians because they are quieter and heavier and accelerate faster than regular cars.

Democrats’ single-minded insistence on subsidizing electric vehicles reveals a truth about the party: It’ll be fine anything to fuel the fiction that the United States can substantially reduce carbon emissions without asking middle-class and affluent suburbanites to change their way of life.

Climate change is an existential crisis, the Dems say — but not one that would force anyone to rethink suburban sprawl, multiple daily SUV “school runs” in different directions, and generously spaced McMansions and office parks.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has suggested Americans carpool or use public transportation as gas prices soar.
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is responsible for the transportation portions of the Inflation Reduction Act. Surprise: the words “public transport”, “public transport”, “metro” or “bus” appear nowhere in the 725-page bill.

As gas prices soared earlier this year, Mayor Pete never, ever, ever suggested that maybe, maybe Americans upset by soaring bills might consider doing some carpool or (gasp) to see if there was a bus line nearby.

Buttigieg, once the great green hope of city planners, has a carefully bifurcated message: Buses are okay for Baltimore’s poor. Everyone shouldn’t be worried they go having to take the bus or ride a bicycle; the government will heavily subsidize their car purchases.

The only thing hypocritical Democrats produce on the climate is hot air
Governor Kathy Hochul suspended the gasoline tax as prices remain high.
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This is the same Mayor Pete who used his federal authority to delay New York’s congestion pricing program, intended to reduce driving into Manhattan. His department’s regulatory arm sent the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would run the program, more than 400 painstaking “technical questions” about how it works – questions the public is not allowed to see.

Hmm. Buttigieg wouldn’t want to postpone congestion pricing indefinitely because he’s eyeing a presidential race in 2024 and doesn’t want to be painted nationally as the guy who wants you to pay to drive your own car?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the far-left congresswoman who drives a Tesla in DC rather than taking the train, has remained as mysteriously silent as a sphynx about Buttigieg’s congestion pricing delays. She’s not worried about alienating Queens car owners – is she?

How about Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul? Its response to the gas price crisis was to suspend the gas tax — for everyone.

It was not about protecting the poor. The state could have sent a check to families earning less than about $50,000. It was a boon for middle-class swing voters. That’s even though higher gas prices might encourage them to reduce their driving — good for the planet, right?

Closer to home, it emerged last week that Carolyn Maloney, our liberal congresswoman from Manhattan, abused her power half a decade ago to bully New York City into killing a trail bike path on 85th street.

If we are is going to encourage people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes, it makes sense to do so in one of the nation’s densest, transit-heavy congressional districts.

The only thing hypocritical Democrats produce on the climate is hot air
Representative Carolyn Maloney in 2016 left a voicemail for a community council leader advising against a proposed cycle route.
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Nevertheless, identifying as “Congressman Maloney,” although his official title bears no relation to the case, Maloney in 2016 left a voicemail for a community council leader advising against the lane, calling it a “security breach.”

Carling Mott, 28, riding a Citi bicycle, was crushed to death by a truck in the unprotected street last week.

On the climate, all of these good Democrats are supposedly liberal-minded progressives. But none of them will dare to tell undecided voters: there is no free solution to climate change.

Don’t worry, Democrats are telling suburban voters instead: You can keep your precious SUV, magically powered by the wind and the sun – and those wind and solar panels and transmission lines won’t be near your Houses.

What are prominent Democratic leaders? Is climate change an existential crisis — or isn’t it even worth it for SUV drivers to sacrifice a few feet of parking on 85th Street?

Nicole Gelinas is editor-in-chief of the City Journal at the Manhattan Institute.

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