California’s Gesundheitsguv Gavin Newsome just decreed what the rock band Rush foresaw coming back in 1981.
The Motor Law.
The song described a future time in which all cars were outlawed. Newsome just outlawed the sale of cars that aren’t electric by 2035, which is much closer to now than ’81 is the rearview.
Newsome didn’t decree that people in California who do not buy electric cars will be forced to turn in their non-electric ones after 2035.
They probably won’t be forced to turn them in.
It’s much easier to tax them in.
As in China – the model for what the United States is becoming, courtesy of the China Virus, as the Orange Man styles it (while not doing enough to treat it – as by ending the Face Diaper Farce, by taking off the Face Diaper, especially around corpses secured inside coffins).
In China, you don’t have to buy an electric car. But you do have to buy a $14,000 license plate if you want to legally drive a non-electric car. This sum approximates the price difference between a low-end EV and low-end IC.
In the U.S., the analog would be the difference between the 2020 Nissan Leaf EV (appx. $30k) vs. the 2020 Nissan Versa IC (appx. $15k). A $14k license plate tax applied t the Versa would makes it equivalently expensive. And thus make the Leaf “competitive” – in the manner of breaking a marathon runner’s legs so that a paraplegic can be competitive with him in a foot race.
The license plate tax applied to not-new cars would cut deeper.
Imagine having to cough up $14k – or even $4k – to register your ten-year-old non-electric car that’s only worth $10k (or $4k). And worth even less, actually, because who will want to buy your used IC car knowing they’ll have to spend an additional 50 percent or even more to get a license plate for it?
This is brilliantly evil.
You can have any car you want – so long as you pay the required fees! Since most people can’t pay the fee, most people get Red Barchetta’d. Their IC cars hidden away under tarps in barns, totems of a better, vanished time.
You’ll be able to look at every now and then – and remember. But you don’t dare drive it – as in the Rush song – because it’s not 1981 and while there aren’t “gleaming alloy air cars” to sic on you, there are neighbors and roadside cameras. The same people who sic the Sickness Sturmabteilung on the Undiapered will sic them on the EV Apostates who “cling” to the combustion-engined cars. The noise of an engine will alert them. The surveillance cams will give them away before they get very far.
And how far will you be able to get when you can’t get gas? Ammunition bans – and exorbitant taxes on ammunition – are also much more effective than outright banning guns. Let them have their guns. What can they do with them if they can’t afford to shoot them?
A car without gas is just as useful as an AK without ammo. It is already very expensive to gas up in CA, where the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded is currently almost twice the national average right now. Imagine it four times as high. Gesundheitsguv Newsome need only Tweet it and it will be so.
This may only happen in California – which, cruel irony, was once upon a better-vanished-time the focal point of car culture.
The problem is, it already has. California policies can be found in formerly healthy parts of the country; some parts of the country have become California, sans the good weather. Michigan, for instance. The former “Motor City.” And Colorado, the former Libertarian Elba, where people like Hunter Thompson could breath freely, by driving at Top Speed in convertible big block Chevys which you can’t do anymore without attracting keening crowds of affronted Prius drivers.
All of this being due to the spread of Californians, who’ve left behind their diseased and dying state but brought with them the plague of California politics.
No more fun, the Dr. wrote in the note he left when he left.
He saw it coming. So did Rush.
And here we are, almost.
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