It’s pretty clear what is going to happen to new cars now that Joe Biden has been selected president. They will get smaller – and smaller engined. They will also cost more – and more of them will be electric. These developments follow inevitably from Uncle Joe’s pending reversal of the Orange Fail’s policies, including the OF’s efforts to prevent California Governor Gavin Newsome from setting new car “emissions” standards for the rest of the states.
They are actually not “emissions” standards in the sense generally understood – i.e., harmful gasses coming out of the tailpipe. Unless you consider nonreactive carbon dioxide a contributor to smog and breathing problems – in which case you need a refresher course in high school chemistry.
Also high school English.
In any event the insistence on ever-lower “emissions” of C02 will result in all of the things mentioned above coming to fruition as the only way to reduce these “emissions” is to make engines smaller – as has already been occurring – or to not make them at all and make electric motors instead.
That’s what’s coming to showrooms near you – and everyone else – soon. But what about what’s in your garage?
Given how expensive – and unappealing – new cars are going to be become, lots of people are probably going to “cling” to the cars they already have. This presents a problem for a new car industry that is now essentially a government subsidiary that builds cars in response to mandates rather than the market.
This has been true to some extent for a long time, of course – but it has not been wholly the case up to the present and for that reason, the market counterbalanced the mandates.
A good example of this being the number of very profitable trucks and large SUVs sold to counterbalance the losses incurred giving away small-engined, small cars and hybrids – which were mostly made not because the market demand for them was high but because government fuel efficiency mandates were. The 40 MPG small car or hybrid helped “offset” the 25 MPG truck or SUV.
But when the mandates make it impossible to sell trucks and SUVs in volume – because compliance costs make them unaffordable for most – and the only things on offer are small-engined small cars and high-cost electric cars, it’s going to be harder to persuade those who already have a truck or SUV or some other kind of car that isn’t electric to give them up for something less that costs a lot more.
Hence, it is likely that incentives will be applied.
They will be of a piece with those just proposed by the president selected with regard to firearms, among them a $200 “fee” applied to each one as the condition of being allowed to retain possession. If you fail to pay up, you are subject to a Hut! Hut! Hutting! as a criminal and imprisonment for as long as ten years.
Probably, those who “cling” to their not-new cars won’t be arrested. But it is extremely likely they’ll be expected to pay new – and higher – fees as the price of being allowed to retain possession of their politically incorrect vehicles. These fees – and other costs – will be engineered to eliminate the politically incorrect cost-savings of possessing an older and paid-for car vs. a new car, with particular emphasis paid to making it at least as expensive to keep a not-electric car as it would be to buy – or rather, make payments on – an electric car.
This explains why GM and Ford – which had been losing money before the Orange Fail – are all of a sudden making it again via rising stock valuation based on the expected profits to be made forcing Americans to drive electric cars,which they’ve both “invested” in heavily despite the absence of any real market for them.
Biden will mandate a market for them. And impose other mandates, too.
The first step in this Great Leap Forward has already been proposed by the president selected’s incoming leiter of the Department of Transportation, the federal apparat that tells Americans what they’re allowed to drive and under what conditions they’ll be allowed to drive them. Pete Buttigieg – the new leiter of the apparat – wants to raise the federal tax on gasoline, notwithstanding that the cost of the tax on gasoline is already extortionate (at about 50 cents per gallon currently, it amounts to about a 25 percent tax on every gallon of gas sold, making it one of the highest and most regressive taxes we’re forced to pay).
The president selected has also cancelled the Keystone pipeline, reversing another of the Orange Fail’s policies. The pipeline would have conduited oil from Alberta, Canada directly into – and throughout – the United States. Whatever you think about the pipeline’s “environmental impact” there is no question about its impact on the supply of oil – and thereby, on the price of gasoline.
There will be no oil flowing through the cancelled pipeline and that means less oil to refine – and reduced supply of a hot-commodity item usually means you pay more for it.
It is not inconceivable that additional “green” taxes will be applied to gasoline and everything associated with gas – and oil.
Including oil. Engine oil. You pay about $6 a quart today. You could be paying $10 a quart soon.
But the real nudge will probably come in the form of new – and higher – annual permission-to-use-it fees, i.e., vehicle registration renewal, something already in effect in the country that the United States is rapidly becoming – i.e., China. Over there, you’re allowed to use a non-electric car (no one owns anything over there – as here) provided you pay the requisite fee. Which is set such that the not-electric car costs the same as the electric car – and then you pay through both nostrils for the gas it needs.
It is possible, given the people now in charge of the apparat, that there will be fines applied merely for possessing (and not actually driving) a politically incorrect car – as the president select has just proposed be applied to those who “cling” to their firearms.
This would twist the arm of people who own classic cars especially and they are the most politically incorrect cars of all, being equipped with no emissions controls whatsoever in many cases and also no “safety” equipment, either. The president select owns one such himself – a classic Corvette. But then, he also owns lots of guns – and has lots of guns around for his protection.
He just doesn’t want us to have either thing.
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