Soaring Gas Prices is the Main Front in the Left’s War on American Suburbs

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2021
by AMAC Newsline

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

President Joe Biden would like for Americans to believe he is doing everything in his power to bring down the nation’s rapidly soaring gas prices—which are up nearly 60 percent since the end of last year. But as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. The President has sought to pin the blame for rising energy costs on Russia, OPEC, and the pandemic. But the blame rests with Biden and his administration’s relentless attacks on American energy.

Interestingly, many on the left do not seem to care that high gas prices are in part contributing to Biden’s dismal poll numbers. The truth is, that to the anti-suburbs, anti-energy left, America’s skyrocketing gas prices are a feature—not a bug—of the Democrat agenda. Despite the popular notion that owning a car and raising one’s family in the suburbs is an inherent part of the American Dream, the left’s coercive and utopian vision requires higher-priced energy in order to justify shifting people from suburbs and SUVs into cities and public transit.

The left’s crusade against the suburban lifestyle has manifested in several alarming ways since Minneapolis and Oregon became the first city and state, respectively, to ban single-family zoning in 2019. Just this year, progressive leaders in California, Maryland, and Maine have taken steps to eliminate single-family zoning, and other blue states are almost certain to follow in the months and years ahead.

Now, Democrats’ outright apathy toward climbing gas prices can be seen as part of this same effort. Democrats want to abolish the suburbs, and they want to abolish the Chevy Suburbans driven by the Americans who live there. High gas prices serve both goals—and it’s easy to tell that the Biden administration agrees.

When asked about the price hikes, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg stated that Americans concerned about gas should simply purchase an electric car so that they “never have to worry about gas prices again.” These comments came just weeks after Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm infamously laughed off reports of snowballing gas prices as “hilarious.”

Like most of their other policies, the left has cloaked their anti-suburban initiatives in the language of “environmental” and “racial” “justice,” and other gauzy rhetoric to disguise their blame-shifting. Notably, Joe Biden’s campaign website calls for the elimination of “exclusionary zoning policies and other local regulations,” as well as suggesting that “housing policy can be used as a tool to battle climate change.” The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force last year similarly stated that “Democrats believe the government should take aggressive steps to increase the supply of housing, especially affordable housing, and address long-standing economic and racial inequities in our housing markets.” This is a well-established code for the elimination of single-family zoning policies, and other schemes to turn suburban America into densely-populated urban America.

Progressive groups around the country have also followed the lead of the White House in pushing for the elimination of suburbs. The Minneapolis 2040 plan, for example, which outlines the “vision and hopes for the future of our city,” adopts strikingly similar ideas when it repeatedly calls for “transit-oriented development” for the purposes of “reducing greenhouse gas emissions” and combatting “overt and institutionalized racism.”

Translation: they want to take away your SUV, pack you into denser neighborhoods, and shove you into a commuter railcar.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrats’ nominee for Virginia governor this fall, campaigned on breaking down alleged “environmental inequities that have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities.”  If elected, his plan would have required a “just transition” to 100 percent “clean energy” by 2035 and a heightened emphasis on public transportation.  Opponents of McAuliffe’s agenda to abolish single-family zoning fought back furiously, including running a two-minute tv ad in vote-rich Northern Virginia.

Despite the left’s lofty ambition of achieving a woke wonderland devoid of suburbs and cars, if progressive leaders – both elected and in the private sector – continue to pursue this agenda, their plans may soon run up against electoral realities. As gas prices continue to rise and more families find that Democrats are openly threatening their ability to live happily in their residential neighborhood, Democrats may find it impossible to win in the suburban areas that were key to their electoral gains in recent years. The country already got a glimpse of what such a situation may look like in Virginia this fall, where a state that voted for Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020 elected Republicans statewide for the first time since 2009. If that trend continues nationwide in 2022 and beyond, Democrats could see their effort to turn suburban swing voters into urban progressives ultimately backfire in a big way. The mythical “suburban mom” (and suburban dad) wants their 4-bedroom house and their SUV, thank you very much.