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Transportation nominee Buttigieg says millions of new electric vehicles needed on US roads

Transportation nominee Buttigieg says millions of new electric vehicles needed on US roads
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE's Transportation nominee Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegGas shortages spread to more states Biden officials warn against hoarding gasoline amid shortages Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE called for the use of more electric cars on U.S. roads in a tweet on Tuesday, giving a preview of his potential agenda as Transportation secretary. 

"To meet the climate crisis, we must put millions of new electric vehicles on America’s roads. It's time to build public charging infrastructure powered by clean energy and make it available in all parts of this country," Buttigieg tweeted on Monday.

Biden nominated Buttigieg to the post last week, praising his work as the mayor of South Bend, Ind. 

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"Pete’s got the perspective of a mayor that solves problems and brings people together," Biden said last week, formally introducing Buttigieg as his nominee. "For example, helping cities and states to keep transit systems running for front-line and essential workers, and then helping them modernize their airports, ports, and railways to attract and retain businesses and workers." 

If confirmed, Buttigieg will be the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate. 

Buttigieg spoke about the nation's leading transportation post in an interview with CNN on Sunday. 

"We can't keep letting infrastructure week be a Washington punch line," Buttigieg told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperClyburn says he's willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster GOP governor says Republican Party has to allow for differences MORE.

"Americans shouldn't settle for less when it comes to our roads and our bridges, our highways, our trains — all of the infrastructure that really powers our economy and creates so many livelihoods," he said.