In a late afternoon Tweet on Monday, former South Bend mayor and presumptive future Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said that in order to meet the climate crisis, investment must be made in clean energy and EV expansion.
To meet the climate crisis, we must put millions of new electric vehicles on America’s roads. It's time to build public charging infrastructure powered by clean energy and make it available in all parts of this country.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 21, 2020
While cities like New York and Los Angeles are seeing growth in charging infrastructure, the flyover states leave a lot to be desired. Efforts from companies like Electrify America to expand the ability to travel across the country in an EV are helpful, but more work is needed.
What is often overlooked is where that power comes from. An electric vehicle charging station that comes from a coal power plant isn’t the greenest way to drive.
What would it take to get the millions of new vehicles on the road? What is his plan to make all of this work? He hasn’t said, though admittedly it’s hard to lay out policy discussions in a tweet.
The new administration starts at high noon on January 20, 2021. We’ll see how soon afterward Buttigieg is able to get started on his work.