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Energy Secretary’s Antoinette Moment: Let Them Buy Solar Panels

Time for low and middle income folks to shell out big bucks for green new deals.

As Americans struggle to make ends meet in every aspect of daily life – paying bills, filling the gas tank, and stocking the fridge and pantry – the Biden administration’s energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, is touting a cure for what ails them: green energy. So, if the ramen noodles are breaking the bank, just invest in solar panels. There’s a nice tax break in it for the right middle-class American with a huge savings account. What is it with Democrats who defer to Marie Antoinette and say, “Let them eat cake”?

Granholm took the green dog and pony show on the road, stopping in for a visit with Fox News Sunday to promote the Inflation Reduction Act and how it will save the nation if Americans just give it a chance. Extolling the virtues of the $739 billion climate and health care legislation, the secretary promised thousands of dollars in tax rebates for John and Jane Q. Public:

“If you are low income, you can get your home entirely weatherized through the expansion from the bipartisan infrastructure laws, a significant expansion — you don’t have to pay for anything.”

Well, not on the back end so much. But do low-income folks have thousands to spend on new appliances and cleaner heating and cooling equipment before applying for tax credits? The answer is a booming “hell no.” After the last two years of soaring prices on goods and services and a 40-year-high inflation rate, perhaps the energy secretary should realize the poor folks will be weatherizing their rental.

But wait, there’s more! Granholm so believes in the Biden publicity plan that she suggests people struggling with inflation – like higher electricity bills – should install solar panels. Well, in her words: “If you are moderate income, today you can get 30% off the price of solar panels. Those solar panels can be financed, so you don’t have to have the big outlay at the front … it’s a significant incentive.” Note to Ms. Granholm: Most people struggling now do not need the burden of additional indebtedness to a financial institution in these recessive times.

GettyImages-1241460829 Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Jennifer Granholm’s Gifts to Lowbrows

The secretary advocated for solar soon after the White House pushed for the same folks, strapped by prices at the pump, to shell out at least $30,000 for a new electric car. The automakers make money. The banks make money. The average Joe and Jill still can’t afford the green dream of this administration. Frankly, no one should be surprised at the disconnected Granholm, so out-of-touch with the national constituency she has sworn to represent.

When it became crystal clear last November that gas prices were rising faster than grandma’s yeast rolls, the good gentlewoman was asked in an interview if she would increase oil production in the United States. Granholm nearly belly-laughed at the absurd notion and said, “That’s hilarious.”

And that might be the exact same thing Marie Antoinette thought before she made her famous remark. Ironic how during the revolution, the French referred to Marie as Madame Déficit because the country’s financial crisis was blamed on her lavish spending.

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