State Department ‘bureaucrat’: ‘I prefer higher gas prices’ because of lower emissions
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A State Department official sparked criticism after tweeting that he favored higher gas prices because they meant less driving and lower carbon emissions.
“Best higher gas prices = less driving, and lower CO2 emissions,” said Alan Air, the State Department’s chief foreign service officer. Tweet on Friday In response to a tweet from President Biden alleging that American families are paying less per month on average than they did during the “peak price.”
Ayer describes himself as a “government bureaucrat” in his Twitter bio along with the phrase “Kind, always kind.”
Eyre’s tweet was widely criticized on social media, including from former Republican congressional candidate Ron Basilian, who called Eyre a “ghoul” and noted that gas demand was “inelastic.”
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“Maybe, but I don’t think it’s inflexible and I remember in the 1970s the oil embargo led to a massive increase in renewables,” Ayer responded along with the hashtag. #be good.
Basilian responded with criticism echoed by many other Twitter users, noting that gas prices have caused major struggles for Americans across the country.
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“Be kind?” Basilian said. “Maybe you’re kind to the billions of people who are left high and dry in this thankful state. Saying starvation is a good way to start a diet isn’t kind enough.”
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
Ayer’s comment comes shortly after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came under fire for suggesting that higher prices at the pump were actually beneficial. Transition to electric cars.
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During an interview on a radio show earlier this month, Buttigieg said the Biden administration was trying to lower the cost of electric cars “because when you have an electric car, you also You will be able to save gasBut you have to be able to afford it in the first place.”
“The more pain we all experience from higher gas prices, the greater the benefit to those who have access to electric cars,” the former presidential candidate added while testifying before Congress recently.
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The average national gas price, as of Thursday, was about $4.40. While the price is down about 20 cents from last week’s average, it’s still more than $1 higher than prices this time last year and two dollars more than it was when Biden first took office.
Bradford Beetz and Lindsey Kournick of Fox News contributed to this report.