State Department ‘bureaucrat’: ‘I prefer high gas prices’ because of lower emissions
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A State Department official is drawing criticism after tweeting that he prefers high gas prices because it means less driving and lower carbon emissions.
“I prefer high gas prices = less driving, less CO2,” State Department Senior Foreign Service Officer Alan Eyre tweeted friday in response to a tweet from President Biden claiming that American families are paying less per month on average than they were during “peak prices”.
Eyre describes himself as a “government bureaucrat” in his Twitter bio with the phrase “kindness, always kindness.”
Eyre’s tweet was widely criticized on social media, including by former Republican congressional candidate Ron Bassilian who called Eyre a “ghoul” and pointed out that gas demand is “inelastic”.
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“Maybe, but I don’t think it’s inelastic and I remember in the 1970s the oil embargo led to a massive increase in renewables,” Eyre replied with the hashtag #Be kind.
Basilian responded with criticism that was echoed by several other Twitter users, pointing out that gas prices have caused significant hardship for Americans across the country.
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“Be kind?” Baslian said. “Maybe be nice to the billions of people left dry in this situation you’re praising. To say starvation is a good way to start a diet isn’t nice.”
The State Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
Eyre’s comment comes shortly after Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg was criticized for suggesting that higher pump prices were actually good for switch to electric vehicle.
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During an interview on a radio show earlier this month, Buttigieg said the Biden administration was trying to reduce the cost of electric vehicles “because when you have an electric vehicle, you’re also will be able to save gasbut first you have to be able to afford it.”
“The more we all suffer from high gas prices, the more benefits there are for those who can access electric vehicles,” the former presidential candidate added during congressional testimony recently.
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The national average gasoline price on Thursday was around $4.40. While the price is down about 20 cents from last week’s average, it’s still a dollar higher than last year’s prices and two dollars higher than when Biden took office. for the first time.
Bradford Betz and Lindsay Kornick of Fox News contributed to this report.