House Republicans announced Tuesday that they have launched an investigation into President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm over her taxpayer-funded electric vehicle (EV) summer 2023 road trip.
Granholm’s 770-mile multi-state road trip through the southeast U.S., which was “intended to draw attention to the billions of dollars the White House is pouring into green energy and clean cars,” was documented in a September NPR article entitled “Electric cars have a road trip problem, even for the secretary of energy.”
NPR’s Camila Domonoske, who travelled alongside Granholm, told the story of the numerous challenges of attempting a road trip with EVs — including a dispute at a Georgia charging station between Department of Energy Staffers and a family that led to the police being called on Granholm’s team.
When Granholm’s advance team arrived at a charging station in Grovetown, Georgia, they realized there wasn’t enough plugs to go around, and staffers decided to block a charging station with a nonelectric vehicle in order to reserve a spot for Granholm.
A family — with a baby in their car on a scorching summer day in Georgia — that was “boxed out” from the only available charger by Granholm’s team, got upset and called the police on the Energy Department staffers.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Pat Fallon (R-Texas), are requesting that Granholm turn over all documents and communications related to the purposes, costs, and consequences of Secretary Granholm’s EV road trip.
“We are alarmed by recent reports of your four-day summer 2023 electric vehicle (EV) road trip apparently intended to showcase the Biden Administration’s progress in achieving a radical green agenda,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in a Tuesday letter to Granholm.
“Using an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, your Department of Energy (DOE) staff blocked off an EV-only charging station so you could stay on a schedule which was ‘painstakingly mapped out ahead of time’ because of limited, slow, and nonworking EV chargers along your route,” the lawmakers wrote. “In ‘sweltering’ Georgia heat, your staff’s actions caused a family with an infant child and low charge on their EV battery to call the police out of urgency while waiting at this charging station.”
Comer and Fallon cite the NPR article as stating “Tesla chargers are significantly better than the competition, and most of the electric vehicles in the U.S. are Teslas,” and call into question Granholm’s decision of excluding any Tesla vehicles from her road trip as possibly politically motivated.
The House Republican’s probe into Granholm’s road trip comes as part of their larger investigation into the impact of the Biden administration’s efforts to “force a radical increase” in the number of EVs on America’s roads.
In June, the House Oversight Committee led a hearing on new emissions standards implemented by Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which the agency estimates could require that EVS comprise 67 percent of all new car sales by 2032.
That drastic of an increase would require EV sales to rise by eleven times within a 10 year period.
“This taxpayer-funded publicity stunt illustrates yet again how out of touch the Biden Administration is with the consequences of policies it has unleashed on everyday Americans,” Comer and Fallon wrote Tuesday.
“Committee Republicans remain committed to preserving freedoms like vehicle consumer choice in the face of an unproven, burdensome, and expensive Biden Administration push to force all Americans to buy EVs,” they wrote.
Read Reps. Comer and Fallon’s letter to Energy Secretary Granholm below: