Here’s the latest reader rant along with my reply!
Dave writes: Einstein wrote, “There are two infinities, the universe, and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe.” When this crazy EV thing first started, somehow, I wanted to leave humanity, briefly. I tried to be unstupid. And told my bros worldwide about this future difficulty of cold and batteries. Not one listened. Overcome by desire of a different and special kind. Thanks, Albert. Forever up to date.
My reply: Don’t be too hard on people, Dave. In the first place, most simply don’t know – in part because they have not been told (the media having been grossly derelict in its duty to tell people the truth) and in part because many people do not understand – Star Trek reference – what makes it go.
The media has gushed over EVs as without downside, serving almost as an Amen Corner for the interests which are pushing EVs. I italicize the latter to emphasize the point that EVs are not a market-driven development, in which case I would not object as strongly as I do. Rather, they are being practically shoved down our throats from the top down – and the media hasn’t questioned any of this, probably because most of the media is owned by I think it is six huge corporations, all of whom seem to very much want EVs for reasons I’ve already written about.
But to get back to Star Trek for a moment. There is an episode called Samaritan Snare, in which the Enterprise comes across a crippled spaceship full of what appear to be very special aliens. They are Pakleds. They inform the Enterprise that their ship is “broken” and wonder whether the Enterprise can help them “make it go.”
Similarly, here on Earth – today.
We have this odd disconnect of a society/system that is almost pathologically “tech” – and a population that is increasingly helpless as far as understanding that tech. They tap and swipe to “make it go” – but do not understand what makes it go. The principles, mechanical and electrical, behind the operation of machinery and electronic equipment. To many of them, it is like magic – and they are very much like jungle savages transfixed by fire.
But when the fire goes out . . . .
And so, we have this synergy. People today (men especially) are less knowledgeable about how things go than probably at any time in modern history and these same people are fed jazzy stories about these miraculous electric cars, those stories rarely if ever discussing such things as the cost of these electric cars or their functional/practical shortcomings.
It is quite literally an epic, ongoing con – and the only question now is whether the “marks” will see through it before it’s too late.
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