Granholm’s so-called “green” trip from Charlotte, North Carolina to Memphis, Tennessee was a stunt designed to highlight the White House’s absurd spending on electric cars and (failed) green technology. It’s all part of their grand plan to force Americans into a whole new lifestyle by pushing us all into electric vehicles, whether we like it or not. Ironically, Granholm’s green journey turned out to be more of a cautionary tale than a victory lap. Not only was she forced to constantly charge her car for long periods of time, but at one point the Americans called the police while she was at a charging station.
Cops were called because Granholm’s advance team used a petrol car to block their access to an electric charging point. On a “sweltering day,” the gas guzzler on Granholm’s team sat there, NPR reports, until a family with a baby got “so upset” they called the police.
But even with the advance teams trying to ease Granholm’s way with their gas guzzlers, the journey was still a debacle:
But between stops, Granholm’s entourage sometimes had to contend with the limitations of the present. Like when his caravan of electric vehicles, including a luxury Cadillac Lyriq, a beefy Ford F-150 and an affordable Bolt electric vehicle, planned to fast-charge in Grovetown, a suburb of Augusta, Georgia.
His advance team realized there wouldn’t be enough plugs to go around. One of the station’s four chargers was broken and others were busy. So a Department of Energy employee tried to park a non-electric vehicle with one of those chargers running to reserve a spot for the incoming Energy Secretary.
And that’s when they called the police:
The sheriff’s office couldn’t do anything. It is not illegal for a non-EV to claim a charging station in Georgia. Energy Department staff scrambled to smooth the situation, including sending other vehicles to slower chargers, until both the frustrated family and the secretary had room to charge.
Road trips should be fun, not stressful. The last thing you need to worry about is getting stuck on the side of the road. And the best case scenario is that you find a fast charger that’s available and works, but you’re still looking at a 30-minute stop.
All Granholm managed to prove is that America does not have the infrastructure to become an “electric country”. Nor are we going to turn our lives upside down so a handful of rich liberal CEOs can turn their green companies into billion dollar cash cows.