The United States Secretary of Transportation, 39-year-old Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, really, really cares about global warming (aka, “climate change”) – and he wants you to know.

During his two months in office, Secretary Pete (formerly, “Mayor Pete”) has spread falsehoods about climate change. He also recently committed a major gaffe, which in Washington terms means accidently revealing the truth, in this case, his pernicious Green transportation agenda for the country.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden had a cabinet meeting at the White House, which means a battalion of black SUVs descended on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

But not Pete Buttigieg (pronounced, “Boot-i-judge”).

He rode his bicycle to the White House!  

At least that is what he wanted the world to believe. Message: Pete Boot-i-judge cares.

Sec. Pete wants everyone to know he cares about the environment. He cares about the planet, which he thinks is overheating in existential fashion and may burn up before he’s eligible to collect Social Security benefits twenty-eight years from now. Think about the startling contrast between him riding his bike and all those other elite cabinet member snobs who got driven in gas-hogging, oversized sport utility vehicles. Sec. Pete is so much better. Maybe he should have been president!

Not since President Jimmy Carter, who on Inauguration Day in 1977 walked from the Capitol to the White House, have we had such a virtuous man in Washington! President Carter also turned down the White House thermostat and mimicked Mr. Rogers by wearing a cardigan sweater indoors.

Forty-four years later, we have youthful cabinet officer and swell guy, Sec. Pete, stealing a page from Jimmy Carter.

Back to reality.

Mr. Buttigieg is the youngest member of President Biden’s cabinet, and may be the youngest to hold such a position since Robert F. Kennedy became U.S. Attorney General in 1961 at age 35.

Pete Buttigieg is no Bobby Kennedy.

Sec. Pete is not even Jimmy Carter, a hapless and failed president on many fronts, but mostly sincere as a politician. President Carter wrongly thought the world was soon running out of energy and believed in setting an example. He was a genuinely modest man and intellectually brilliant; and another example that intellect alone does not make for a successful presidency.

The day Sec. Pete rode his bike to the White House, he started the journey from the Transportation Department in a large, luxury SUV. A few blocks from the destination, he unloaded his bike from the vehicle and peddled to the meeting.

Thanks to ubiquitous cameras and video, Sec. Pete’s virtue-signaling publicity stunt was exposed. No doubt he wanted to be seen riding his bicycle like a good environmentalist; what he didn’t count on was his set-up being filmed by a news outlet.

Sec. Pete’s climate fakery is nothing unique among global warming promoters. Wealthy actors like Jane Fonda and Ted Danson were regular participants in “Fire Drill Friday” climate protests where they were happily arrested for the cameras. There is no indication either of them sacrifice any fossil-fueled creature comforts that wealth lavishly provides while they demand government action affecting everyone else to stop the climate’s trajectory.

Pete Buttigieg’s ephemeral bike trek is a glimpse of what is in store for America if the climate lunacy that defines the Biden administration prevails, including more bikes and trains, and the demise of gasoline vehicles.

The high-speed train fiasco in California is a salient example of the foolishness and futility of constructing more such white elephants. Electric cars, as CFACT has amply documented, have numerous shortcomings and impracticalities as well.

President Biden nonetheless is proposing “bullet trains” traveling across America, and exponentially increasing electric cars as part of his $2.2 trillion Green New Deal, falsely labeled as an “infrastructure” plan. The president has all but declared war on gasoline cars, trucks and SUVs.  Sec. Pete fully embraces this war such that he willingly lied that the plan would create 19 million new jobs. Chris Wallace rediscovered his journalistic roots and called him out on this jobs lie. 

Sec. Pete is hardly the first to believe that fabrications for the cause of saving the planet means never having to say you’re sorry. He told Congress last month that American transportation is “contributing to a pattern of extreme weather events.” This vapid, unproven junk-science is propagated so often it is becoming a truism, even as it contravenes the reality of storm activity past and present — and common sense. Car exhaust causes hurricanes (oops, a “leading contributor”)? He may believe it; regardless, he wants us to believe such nonsense.

Secretary Buttigieg also extolled a “mileage tax” on drivers, then walked it back after a public backlash. Such a gaffe indicates serious discussion in the Biden administration as another way to coerce the populace to its climate agenda; in this case by making car travel—and the freedom that goes with it—prohibitively expensive to poor, working class and middle income Americans.

Pete Buttigieg’s silly bike-ride should fool no one. The Biden administration’s command-and-control climate agenda should worry everyone.


  • Peter Murphy is Senior Fellow at CFACT. He has researched and advocated for a variety of policy issues, including education reform and fiscal policy, both in the non-profit sector and in government in the administration of former New York Governor George Pataki. He previously wrote and edited The Chalkboard weblog for the NY Charter Schools Association, and has been published in numerous media outlets, including The Hill, New York Post, Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal. Twitter: @PeterMurphy26 Website: