Who needs government regulations when you have General Motors?
The world’s once-largest automaker and now world’s second-greatest rent-seeker (after Tesla Motors) says it wants even tougher federal “emissions” standards – in order to “ensure at least 50 percent of the new vehicles sold by 2030” are . . . yup . . . . EeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeees.
And it just so happens that GM has already said that EeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeeeee are all it intends to offer by right about then.
GM made the announcement in tandem with the Environmental Defense Fund – which defends the “environment” in the same way that Twitter “defends” free speech. The EDF is in fact a Leftists front that uses shibboleths about “the environment” to further the spread of Leftism.
One of the most powerful weapons in this arsenal is weaponized etymology.
The framing of thought – and thus, of action – via the manipulation of definitions. Specifically, the redefinition of definitions. The psychology behind this is masterful in its understanding of how people think.
Or rather, how to get them to think.
For example, when most people hear the word, vaccine they automatically think about immunity – for that is the defining of attribute of a vaccine. If that attribute is absent then it isn’t a vaccine anymore than a dog is a “fish.” Or a man who insists on his being a “woman” is one . . . because he insists he is.
But – here’s the trick – if you can get people to use the word when it refers to something it didn’t used to mean, you have succeeded in getting to think it means a different thing – and without most of them even realizing it.
This is why they – Leftists and their dupes, the latter category encompassing the Orange Man, among others – deliberately and maliciously use the word “vaccine” to get people to think they mean what people have always thought it meant; i.e., something that confers immunity by taking it. In order to get them to accept something that isn’t a vaccine.
Just by thinking the word – vaccine – when thinking about the drugs being pushed – one is unconsciously thinking along the lines desired by those pushing these drugs; i.e., that they are necessary as a way to stop the spread of a dangerous sickness.
It is certainly more difficult to speak cogently against these drugs when you speak of them as vaccines. It is like trying to form an argument in favor of a republic by referring to it as a democracy.
Similarly – to return to where we began – this business of using the word emission to manipulate people into thinking about pollution. Which is no longer what is meant by the Left – which encompasses GM – when the word “emissions” is used by them. They mean carbon dioxide, which is “pollution” in the same kind of way that you are a “customer” of the EyeResss, another example of the weaponization of etymology.
Carbon dioxide is a gas. One that has never been regarded as a pollutant because this gas does not cause or worsen smog, the defining attribute (heretofore) of pollution and thus – previously – of emissions.
The federal apparat given authority to regulate vehicle emissions – the EPA – used that definition of emissions as the basis for regulating them. And most people accepted these regulations as needful because most agreed that pollution wasn’t needed. That it was bad for us all.
Then – watch the hands – the regulators simply redefined “emissions” to encompass carbon dioxide, exactly of a piece with the way “vaccines” were redefined to be something fundamentally different than everyone once understood them to be – in order to get them to accept what they aren’t.
The “vaccines” do not immunize – and carbon dioxide “emissions” do not pollute. But the genius of the thing is that people equate the word with its former meaning and are thus gulled into accepting that which they otherwise might question.
“General Motors has the ultimate goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light duty vehicles by 2030,” says the rent-seeking head of General Motors, Mary Barra. But this will not result in the elimination of pollution from new light-duty vehicles. That was effectively achieved decades ago – a thing they do not want you to know.
Because it might cause you to object.
There is almost no pollution emanating from the tailpipes of any vehicle made since the late 1990s, by which time exhaust had been scrubbed of literally 97-98 percent of the pollution that previously emanated from there. It is why the EPA granted the appellation – Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) to hundreds of thousands of new cars beginning in the early 2000s, none of which were EeeeeeeeeeeeeeVeeeeeeeeees. Or even hybrids.
They were simply almost emissions-free vehicles. If by that word one meant pollution-free.
Note that the PZEV designation kind of faded away. That it is not touted anymore. The reason for that is it doesn’t fit the new definition. Which provides the justification for “the ultimate goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2030.”
This “elimination” to be achieved not by persuasion, either.
GM – which might as well be the EDF – intends to use the government to force its “zero emissions” EeeeeeeVeeeeee portfolio on the market, emulating the rent-seeking of Tesla Motors. To varying degrees, other car companies are also piling on the “zero emissions” EeeeeeeeeVeeee bandwagon, thinking it’s better to join ’em if you can’t fight ’em. They also think, no doubt, that they can make more money by doing so, which is always at the bottom of corporate virtue-signaling.
But they will not “make” money – as in earning it.
That is the old definition of that word. Instead they will take it, by getting you to think they are earning it. They will use government to take it, as by taking away your option to buy what you’d like to buy. And they will – they hope – take away your ability to ever own it, in favor of serially renting access to it.
“Transportation as a service.”
That is how they will “make” money, in the almost-here future. Just the same as drug-pushing companies have made lots of money on “vaccines” that aren’t but which they succeeded in getting millions to think they were.
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