Electric vehicles (EVs) have turned out to be nothing more than an expensive novelty for the rich, Democrat elitists.
But taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the elitist Left’s green virtue signaling.
Joe Biden’s grossly misnamed Inflation Reduction Act is in reality a huge slush fund for Biden’s failing green energy agenda.
You can always tell a bad idea by how much taxpayer money is required to prop up the program.
And tucked away in Biden’s bill was taxpayer money to build electric vehicle charging stations in “low-income” and “non-urban” areas.
This was only a part of the broader “environmental justice” agenda pushed by the Biden administration to make sure that poor areas weren’t “left behind” in the green energy revolution.
A revolution that the poor can’t actually afford given the high price of EVs and especially their batteries.
So it wasn’t a huge shock when the Biden administration was caught classifying some of the wealthiest and most exclusive locations in the country as “low-income” in order to funnel taxpayer money to build electric vehicle charging stations from the Inflation Reduction Act.
A recent investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation revealed that Biden’s Department of Energy designated the wealthy resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts, as “low-income” areas.
Because of this designation, these ritzy areas are now eligible to receive government subsidies to build charging stations.
Former President Barack Obama owns a $12 million mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, which is a haven for the rich and the famous, especially Leftist elitists.
The Biden administration is spending billions of taxpayer dollars to build charging stations to try and help force the planned mass transition to electric vehicles on the American people.
The electric vehicle charging subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act are supposed to help poorer areas of the country build them that normally wouldn’t be able to do so because of the prohibitive cost.
“This tax credit provides up to 30% off the cost of the charger to individuals and businesses in low-income communities and non-urban areas, making it more affordable to install EV charging infrastructure and increasing access to EV charging in underserved communities,” a White House fact sheet stated.
But the federal government uses a creative definition to classify an area as “low-income” under the Internal Revenue Code.
“To meet the ‘low-income’ definition, a given Census tract must have a poverty rate of 20% or more. Alternatively, an area can qualify if the median family income is below 80% of the median family income in the wider metropolitan area or in its state if a given Census tract is not part of any particular metropolitan area, according to section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code,” the Daily Caller reported.
And now the definition is being exploited to make some of the wealthiest areas of the country eligible for charging stations on the taxpayer’s dime.
For example, Fishers Island, New York, is deemed low-income by the Energy Department, but the Wall Street Journal described it as “an exclusive enclave where generations of old-money families gather to sail and golf.”
The island was used as a summer vacation spot for the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, and the DuPonts, none of those families known for their poverty.
Joe Biden is quietly sending taxpayer money to wealthy Democrat areas to pay for their expensive toys, and to gather massive donations for his reelection.
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