Energy Sec. Granholm on pipeline crisis: If you drove an electric car, ‘this wouldn’t be affecting you’

Energy Sec. Granholm on pipeline crisis: If you drove an electric car, ‘this wouldn’t be affecting you’
Gas line in northern Florida, 10 May 2021. WKRG 5 Mobile/Pensacola

[Ed. – If all the cars in the U.S. were currently electric and the amount of time it took to recharge the battery were the same as it is now, the wait would be measured in weeks, not hours.]

Secretary of the Department of Energy Jennifer Granholm said at a press conference at the White House on Tuesday that people who are driving electric cars are not affected by the hacker-forced shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.

“I just have a question for each of you. I’ll start with you, Secretary Granholm, because ladies first,” a reporter asked. “Obviously, we have the acute issues with the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. But looking more holistically in a macro view, how does this speed up the efforts at DOE to move in more of a renewable direction since this is going to have an impact on people at the pump?”

… “[W]e obviously are ‘all in’ on making sure that we meet the President’s goals of getting to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 …” Granholm said. “And … if you drive an electric car, this would not be affecting you, clearly.“

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