The verbiage is interesting. As the country relies ever more on force to coerce, it resorts to soft language to hide what is going on.
For example, this news story about what the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers – which is the lobby for the car industry – is up to. The Alliance published an open letter to nine governors of states it wants to emulate California’s policy of coercively – legislatively – force-feeding electric cars down the throats of a largely uninterested and unwilling buying public.
It’s not put that way in the letter, of course. Nor the news articles about it – the journalists who write them having learned to parrot the oleaginous verbiage of coercion, whether consciously or not.
The open letter – and the news stories – talk about “encouraging the governors to follow California’s lead” and the need to “commit resources” and make “investments” in electric cars – because of course the free market isn’t interested in committing its resources or making such investments. So what is actually meant by the verbiage is that the car industry – speaking as one through its lobbying arm – wants to see laws and regulations like those in force in California imposed by force (how else are laws ad regulations imposed?) in other states.
California is the only electric car “market” – and it is only a “market” because California has artificially created one, via the force and coercion of the California General Assembly and regulatory apparat, including the infamous California Air Resources Board. They have issued various fatwas mandating that electric cars be manufactured and “sold” – even if at a loss. The car companies have thus been forced to commit lots of their resources toward the making of electric cars (or the buying of offsetting “credits” from that electric car carny, Elon Musk) even if they can’t make any money making them.
Understandably, they would like a return on their “investment” – by force, if necessary. And it is necessary.Without force, there is no market for electric cars.
The car companies should have stood up to the thuggery and argued – publicly, loudly – that they can’t make money on electric cars and so would prefer not to “invest” in them – and then force you to make up for that “investment.”
Ergo, the car companies want the “market” (at gunpoint) for electric cars expanded beyond just California – hoping that perhaps more fatwas and “investments” will “jump start” this perpetually (and likely eternally) fizzling make-work project – and put the money back in their pockets, regardless of whose pockets have to be picked to make that happen.
Some of these states have already “joined hands” with the car industry to waste more coerced resources – the money obtained, as always, by force from the taxpayers of those states – to erect such atrocities as “high-speed charging stations” (which aren’t anything of the sort; best case is 30-45 minutes per car, to recover about 80 percent charge; but I suppose that is “high speed” relative to the 6-12 hours it takes to recharge at home). New York has “committed” $4.2 million (of other people’s money) toward this quixotic . .. charge.
Hmmmm. . .
One also wonders how these charging stations – and the electric cars themselves – will do when it gets cold outside, as it sometimes does in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, which are among the Nine being importuned by the Alliance. It is one thing to sip a latte outside a Starbucks in San Diego, a comfortable 75 degrees and sunny outside. How about Albany in January?
Most people who invest their money in a car – or anything else involving a significant sum of money – tend to ask such questions and when the answers do not appeal, tend to spend their money on some other thing.
Hence the need to “encourage” a different kind of “investment.” Including – in addition to the “high-speed” charging stations – “more fleet purchases” by state governments of electric cars, for the bureaucrats and apparatchiks to putter around in – except of course, electric cars don’t putter.
Not the apparatchiks, of course. They will merely drive them. We will pay for them to drive them. The electric cars – and the salaries of the apparatchiks, too.
Such a deal!
The open letter closes by urging “action now” to “help reach the ZEV target” of 80 different models of electric cars on the market by 2021. This is an ambitious “goal” given that as of this year – which is less than three years shy of 2021 – ZEVs constitute just over 1 percent of all new cars on the market.
The real market.
That would be the one which does not require fatwas to “stimulate” “investment.” No “encouragement” necessary. People freely buy the other 98.9 percent.
One might be tempted to ask why.
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