Most of the energy is spent getting to orbital speed, not getting the necessary altitude.
Changing the inclination of the orbit is expensive in energy.
Orbital speed and altitude are functional, if you want to increase altitude, you just accelerate to a higher speed, changing speed takes work in orbit. On the moon you can orbit just inches above the highest obstacle in your path.
The velocity of an object is the rate of change of its position with respect to a frame of reference, and is a function of time. Velocity
In orbit you frame of reference is the center of gravity of the Earth
to change inclination, Newton's First law applies
When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force Newton's laws of motion
you just give the satellite a quick burn at a vector giving it a lateral motion and it begins to move and doesn't stop until you do a breaking burn, I.E Newton's first Law, how much energy it takes depends on how quick you want to get there; the geographical location of abstract surface details like the equator or the rotational pole are meaningless to the satellite.
Think about it, what is easier walking 130 feet across a parking lot or walking up 13 floors worth of stairs? If you roll a bowling ball across the parking lot it keeps going until friction consumes it's kinetic energy, try rolling it up a handicap-ramp and see how quick gravity eats up the kinetic energy!