A vampire’s continued existence depends on the continuous flow of the blood of the living. The same principle animates Tesla and other purveyors of electric cars – who are about to receive another $2 billion-plus from FiatChrysler (FCA) over the course of the next three years.
This ought to stave off bankruptcy long enough to bankrupt legitimate car companies like FCA (which choose not to purvey electric cars, because people aren’t buying them).
The cash infusion is performed via what is styled the “purchase” of carbon credits. These are purchases in the manner of our “contributions” to Social Security – i.e., they are extorted payments made under duress for something the victim would never freely pay for if he had the option to say no.
The “credits” being “purchased” are for electric cars not built by FCA. Instead, FCA pays Elon, et al, to build them and gets the “credit” for the supposed reduction in C02 “emissions” (it takes many italics and air quotes to parse government-speak) achieved thereby.
Supposed “emissions” because the determination is based entirely on what comes out of a car’s exhaust pipe – and of course, electric cars haven’t got one at all and this is why they are regarded as “zero emissions” vehicles (ZEVs) from a regulatory standpoint. But from a factual standpoint – assuming the object of this exercise is a reduction in these C02 “emissions” – the logic is flawed because electric cars produce lots of C02 in the course of their manufacture.
Mining for materials and all the associated processes isn’t an “emissions” free endeavor; in fact, it has been calculated that the much-more-intensive mining/manufacturing involved in obtaining the materials needed for an EV and the actual building of the EV plus the generation of electricity to power the EV produce at least as much C02 as the typical IC car does, just not at the same time – and not at the same place.
This difference in source ought to be a regulatory irrelevance – if “climate change” is a real worry and the object of this exercise is really the reduction of “greenhouse” gasses such as C02.
Government regulators actually aren’t idiots, generally speaking. They are, however, despicably dishonest.
They know, among many other things, that “zero emissions” EVs is a fraud. But it’s one that serves a purpose and so the fraud is overlooked – for now.
Until the purpose has been realized.
They also probably know that catastrophic man-induced “climate change” is a fraud. They certainly know that the things which used to be obsessed about in terms of “emissions” – i.e., the uncontrolled byproducts of internal combustion – are no longer an issue and accordingly, neither is smog – so they had to gin up a new “emission” in need of being controlled.
Enter carbon dioxide.
And in place of smog, “climate change” – rebranded “global warming,” which didn’t sell well when it was noticed there was cooling going on.
Laws were passed stipulating that a certain number of vehicles sold in a given state – California, for example – had to be “zero” emissions electric cars. If you didn’t make electric cars, as most of the industry still doesn’t, you had to “purchase” credit for not building them – i.e., pass money over to Elon, the principal beneficiary of the blood-letting.
As he grows redder in the cheek, the victim turns ever whiter.
The choicest victims are those – like FCA – which have adamantly continued to build cars (and trucks) whose carbon “emissions” are not “zero” – because they are measured the tailpipe – but which are still nothing more than the equivalent of a parrot coughing in the Superdome as far as altering the atmospheric balance of C02 to any extent that might lead to a harmful result.
If you dinna believe that, first read up on just how much of the atmosphere actually is carbon dioxide – and then read more about the sum total added to that by cars.
It is a very small number made to seem very large – and very scary – by the modern era’s equivalent of the old tribal witch doctor, who served the interests of the tribal chief by keeping the tribesmen in perpetual terror of the sun failing to rise and the rains never to return.
Unless, of course, they bowed their heads, asked no questions and did what they were told. Then Crom would be appeased… .
This assertion can easily be proved by simply observing the fact that “zero” emissions electric cars are not. Since their “emissions” in the aggregate are in fact just as much as those of many current IC cars and therefore just as much a “threat” to the health and well-being of life on this Earth as those IC cars, why are their “emissions” being given a pass?
The only answer that makes sense is not the answer people want to hear – because hearing it might make them think about things which don’t bear thinking about, like the improbability of a steel-framed building with a dozen or more structural hard points collapsing symmetrically and at near free-fall straight down onto its own footprint.
EVs will be considered “zero” emissions for just as long as it takes to suck the life out of the IC car business. Once the corpse falls to the ground, the vampire will seek fresh blood.
Elon, you see, isn’t really Dracula at all. He is more like Mr. Renfield – the count’s stooge.
In time, Elon will discover this, too.
And then, so will we.
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