Truckstop Operators Back Buttigieg, Support Plan to Build EV Charging Stations
Alexandria, VA – The National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO) is backing Pete Buttigieg’s nomination to lead the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and is calling for new investments to more quickly bring alternative fuels to market.
In a recent statement, the largest association of truckstop and travel plazas (representing more than 2,000 members), fully offered its endorsement of Buttigieg as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
NATSO urged the U.S. Senate to quickly confirm Buttigieg.
“NATSO looks forward to partnering with Mr. Buttigieg on the Biden Administration’s infrastructure initiatives and goals,” the group said. “NATSO is encouraged that the Biden Administration considers infrastructure investment as a key driver of economic and job relief and one of its top priorities.”
NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said she is enthusiastic to work with the Biden Administration on “an array of transportation issues,” including on its push to begin replacing fossil-fuel powered vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs).
“NATSO is also eager to work with Mr. Buttigieg on policies that further encourage private-sector investment in alternative fueling infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging, to more quickly bring alternative fuels to market,” Mullings said.
Mr. Buttigieg has stated it will be the Department’s goal to build 500,000 EV charging stations across the nation.
The Biden Administration is, so far, following through on its stated commitment to enact an aggressive environmentalist agenda.
In his first week in office, President Biden issued executive orders (EOs) to revoke the construction permit to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, re-enter the Paris Climate Accord, impose a 60-day moratorium on fossil fuel leasing and permitting for federal land and water, and review current vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
The Biden Administration is making its bet that future investments in the renewable energy sector will lead to millions of new “green” jobs, but in doing so, the President has already angered a growing number of his union supporters who have lost thousands of jobs.
“America needs access to various forms of energy that can keep its economy running in the years ahead. This decision [on Keystone XL] will hurt that effort,” International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said last week.
As for Mullings, she also made clear NATSO will support legislative efforts to provide “long-term, sustainable highway funding.”
Further, she urged Buttigieg to support policies that “encourage off-highway businesses and communities to thrive and evolve.”
“Fundamental to this effort is maintaining existing policies that prohibit commercialization of Interstate rest areas and the longstanding ban on tolling existing Interstate Highways,” she stated.
Buttigieg’s nomination was advanced on Wednesday in a Committee vote of 21-3.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated Buttigieg’s nomination would come to the floor for a full Senate vote this week.
However, the vote has been pushed off until next Tuesday, February 2.
The former mayor of South Bend, IN is expected to easily be confirmed.
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