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Trans Sec. Pete Buttigieg consulted China-tied group pushing gas stove bans, electric vehicle mandates

By Thomas Catenacci | Fox News

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met privately last year with the head of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit dedicated to electrifying the U.S. economy from transportation to home appliances like stovetops.

According to his internal agency calendar obtained via information request by government watchdog group Americans for Public Trust (APT), Buttigieg met with RMI CEO Jon Creyts on Nov. 30, 2022. Creyts, who assumed the leadership position earlier that same month, is described by RMI as an “internationally recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change.”

“Secretary Buttigieg’s misguided motto that ‘every transportation decision is a climate decision’ explains why he’s meeting with the group working overtime to ban gas stoves instead of ensuring U.S. travel is safe and efficient,” APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital.

“Buttigieg’s regular consultations with radical climate activists — whose chief goal is to eliminate all fossil fuels — while flying around the country on taxpayer-funded private jets is the height of elitist hypocrisy that has become a hallmark of the Biden administration,” she continued. “It’s no wonder Americans across the country are fuming about his out-of-touch priorities.”

Buttigieg’s calendar showed the meeting was in-person and listed Creyts as the sole participant, but failed to include an agenda for the meeting. RMI, though, explained that the meeting focused on the group’s work electrifying the transportation sector.

“This meeting focused on RMI’s work to electrify the transportation sector, including electric vehicles, vehicle charging infrastructure, and other clean mobility solutions,” RMI spokesperson Rachel Sarah told Fox News Digital.

The Department of Transportation didn’t respond to a request for comment.

In addition, RMI has collaborated with the Chinese government to study transitioning away from traditional fossil fuels.

The group’s only office outside the U.S. is located in Beijing, China’s capital city. Creyts, who Buttigieg met with in his November meeting, helped found RMI’s China Program and establish the group’s Beijing office.