According to the Daily Caller, the Department of Energy considers elite hangouts and locales like Montauk and Fishers Island in New York – along with Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts – "low-income" areas that qualify for EV charger subsidy programs.
The administration's EV charger tax credit program, made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), is specifically designed to route subsidies to "low-income" or "non-urban" areas of the country in wider pursuit of so-called "environmental justice."
Larry Behrens, communications director for Power the Future, says this is entirely a green grift.
"The average electric vehicle owner makes over $150,000 a year, and so they're classified as rich in many areas," he notes. "This is Joe Biden using tax dollars to essentially build gas stations for the rich in rich neighborhoods. He knows if he puts them in places that are truly economically struggling, which there are a lot of under his leadership in the United States, then they'll never get used because those families are not buying electric vehicles."
Behrens also points out that this is an election year, and no one on the Left wants pictures of taxpayer-funded EV charging stations sitting empty.
"So, [Biden] has to put them where the rich are, and this is just a huge payoff for the rich Americans who are already driving around in EVs," he submits.
In a statement on January 19, 2024, the White House said the Biden-Harris administration is "making it easier and cheaper for Americans to ride and drive electric – and to ensure that the EV future benefits American workers and families."