Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Larry writes: As a car guy and a recently retired exec in the auto industry, I pay a lot of attention to the ludicrous games, not only at the EPA, with the NHTSA, the ethanol scam and the EV subsidies madness . . . any you cover -and have covered – them very well! I have just a couple of points below:
Where Trumpee seems to have been given a free pass (and “conservative pundit” cheerleaders trumpet his every inaction – bad pun) is in the CAFE standards “roll back” in the news several months back.
The way I understand it, the Bozo merely SLOWED the rate of increase each year; Barry’s plan still lives! It will truly restructure all car makers’ strategy – pushing them into EVs. So if the CAFE standards were not reduced (I say repeal the damn things) then we are on our way to EVs everywhere, complete with carbon taxes (already doing it) to be paid by all non-EV car buyers. Just look at the way the car makes are scrambling. Every tax/regulation on “business” is paid for by the customer. When will the sheeple begin to realize this? As usual – no one is to blame – we’re just running full speed into EVs – just like common-core has been completely implemented – against the Orange Man’s wishes of course.
Trump already has pushed for E85: Ethanol has 30 percent less energy than regular gas; so at a 10 percent blend we get 3 percent lower mileage. Car makers could use the 3 percent to meet the outrageous standards; kill ethanol. It also has a negative carbon footprint. If Trump were not a swamp-thing, he would have eliminate the EPA mandate completely and maybe the ethanol fascist (government in bed with big business) scam. Trump is the controlled demolition of the last group of truly conservative, christian and libertarian groups that loved the USA as it was founded.
Final thought: Not a peep from conservatives or Trump cheerleaders on the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the state’s right to control churches. Roberts sided with libtards on this one. Go figure.
My reply: You’re absolutely right that CAFE regs – which impose “fleet average”miles-per gallon standards all car companies must comply with and which we pay for, in the form of ever-more-expensive new cars as well as the wealth transfers associated with electric cars – ought to be be abolished, not scaled back a little or temporarily not increased.
And you’re absolutely right that CAFE regs are being used to push IC cars off the market so that EVs can take their place. This being necessary because most Americans don’t want an EV – and cannot afford one. Which seems perverse until you realize that the real goal isn’t to replace the current fleet of IC cars with electric cars but to drastically reduce the number of cars by making it so that the average person cannot afford to own a personal car in the future.
To his partial credit, the Orange Man did rescind the fines that would have descended for failure to comply with the massive increase in “fleet average” MPG decreed by Obama – to 50 MPG by 2025 (the current standard is about 35 MPG) and he has mad an effort to dial back what Obama decreed.
But your points are all valid. I especially agree with regard to ethanol, which is perhaps the most obnoxious example of rent-seeking in American history, until the advent of the electric car. At least the ethanol scam is only about money. The EV thing is about taking away the average American’s mobility; or rather, greatly restricting and controlling it.
I cling to one thin thread – which is that the Orange Man is playing for time; that his instincts are generally good (or at least, not outright evil) with regard to CAFE but that he is dealing with an unprecedented juggernaut of not merely opposition but efforts to destroy him – personally as well as politically – and can only do so much without an electoral mandate. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until the election and – if he wins – will support his efforts to do the things he ought to (such as rescind CAFE entirely)., But my patience is wearing thin, too.
If he does manage re-election and it’s more of the same (meaning more talk of “draining the swamp” while the swamp continues to fill up) then I’m done not just with Orange Man but the whole dog and pony show. I will devote my efforts to a peaceful separation/decentralization movement – which I may regret not having devoted myself to years and years ago.
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