Energy Secretary’s Staff Uses Gas-Powered Vehicle to Block EV Charging Station So Granholm Won’t Have to Wait to Charge

Craig Bannister | September 11, 2023
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When Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tried to show Americans how easy it is to take a four-day road trip in an electric vehicle, her staff blocked off one charging station – using a gas-powered vehicle – so she wouldn’t have to wait in line.

A NPR reporter who accompanied Granholm on her electric vehicle promotional tour describes her advance team’s entitlement antics at one charging station:

“Her advance team realized there weren't going to be enough plugs to go around. One of the station's four chargers was broken, and others were occupied. So an Energy Department staffer tried parking a nonelectric vehicle by one of those working chargers to reserve a spot for the approaching secretary of energy.”

A family with a baby was prevented from charging their vehicle because the gas-powered vehicle was preventing anyone from using the available charger, so the energy secretary wouldn’t have to wait when she pulled up.

Which raises an interesting question:

Why were any gas-powered vehicles used in Sec. Granholm’s electric vehicle propaganda parade?

The family, left to bake in the sweltering heat with their baby – despite an available charger – actually called the police on the energy secretary’s team – but, were told there’s no law against Granholm’s act of entitlement.

Reacting to the news, Red State Columnist Nick Arama condemned the behavior of Granholm’s team as emblematic of Democrats’ arrogant Rules-for-Me-But-Not-for-Thee attitude:

“Doesn't that say it all? There weren't enough chargers to deal with the demand, and they tried to block out other people to reserve a spot for Granholm at the faster charger. That screams entitlement and thinking they get to do that because of their power. When you're stealing a spot from a family with a baby, you just might be pretty scummy. They're denying a family the very service they claim to be helping to provide because the family was in the way of their PR stunt. And the Biden team did it with a vehicle that wasn't even electric.”

And, as Hot Air points out, Sec. Granholm’s choice of electric vehicles was driven by politics, not practicality:

“Even the ‘great American jobs” pitch is BS–the Biden Administration hates Elon Musk and Tesla so they used Ford and GM cars that are actually far less American in origin than Teslas, which are the most American-made cars in the country, taking the top-four slots in the rankings.

“Teslas are also the cars that are easiest to charge, with a far more plentiful and reliable charging network. As with everything else Granholm does politics trumped practicality.”

The bottom line: taking a long trip in an electric vehicle isn't so bad - when you have an advance team willing to do anything to clear the commoners out of the way.