Taking for Granted

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When you’re young, you assume you always will be. Just as we assume we’ll always be able to just go when we need to go somewhere – or just feel like going somewhere. Anywhere. No matter how far away. Without having to plan the trip – as you would if you were going to get there by the bus, say.

Just get in your car – and drive.

For more than 100 years, Americans have assumed this is how it always will be, because that’s how it has been and why would it ever be any different? They have organized their lives around this taken-for-granted freedom of movement, this ease of movement.

 

People could – and did – take jobs that were far from where they lived because it was no problem to get from where they lived to where they worked. Whatever hours they worked. Whatever schedule their kids were on.

They did not have to live close enough to where they worked to be able to use the bus to get to work.

Or train. Or bicycle. Or walk.

It was just as easy to visit friends and family who didn’t live close by – or who lived nowhere near bus/train routes. Random travel – each of us on our schedule, spur of the moment – was our common inheritance. Kids became almost-adults upon turning 16, at which age they gave up their bikes – and walking  – for driving.

The car gave them – gave us all – this freedom.

The electric car is going to take it away.

It will do this three ways, the obvious way being via economics.

Millions of people will be driven out of cars because they will not be able to afford an electric car – which those behind the push for “electrification” are working to assure will within just a few years be the only kinds of cars people will be allowed to buy. As has already been decreed in several states.

But it won’t be just that.

In order to assure people don’t have the option to continue driving non-electric cars already in their possession, laws will be passed making driving one – even holding onto one – at least as expensive as owning (and driving) an electric car.

This will be done via “progressive” increases in the cost of vehicle registration for non-electric vehicles, as is already being done in China. Or by “polluter pays” taxes – premised on the preposterous idea that carbon dioxide is a “pollutant.” Which it is only in the sense that the drugs being pushed by the same people are “vaccines.”

Meanwhile, EVs get more rather than less expensive to buy – contrary to the lies told that prices would go down rather than up as more were made. They have gone up – in just one year – by about $5,000 on average for the identical model, 2022 vs. 2023. This being the inevitable result of the cost-rising of the non-renewable lithium upon which all EVs in production depend. There is more demand than supply can keep up with. This was a predictable thing. In other words, a known thing.

See “safe and “effective.”

Electricity isn’t getting any cheaper, either – especially at the so-called “fast” chargers that EVs depend on to recover any significant charge in less than several hours, as at home. The cost of this electricity will also go up, inevitably – as demand applies pressure to insufficient supply. Charging at home will also cost more for the same reason. And there is the cost – almost never mentioned when EVs are discussed – of being able to instill any significant charge in an EV at home in less than several days’ time, unless the home’s electrical system is upgraded such that it is possible to plug the EV into a 240V outlet.

This assumes one owns a home. One with a garage too.

Renters would need to persuade their landlord to make the “investment.” If there’s no garage – if you park on the street – it is unlikely you’ll have a cable (not an extension cord) heavy-gauge enough to reach wherever the 240V outlet is.

But it’s the other two costs that will serve to take away the freedom to go wherever we wanted to, whenever we wanted to go there – even for those who can afford to buy an EV

They are the costs “baked in” to electric cars that are arguably the most expensive aspects of owning one.

And they are intertwined.

Driving an EV regularly any significant distance will heavily discharge its battery pack. This taxes the battery pack, contributing to a shortening of its useful life. It is better for the battery pack – in terms of maximizing its service life – to avoid deeply discharging it. But that means driving less – or recharging more.

But the more one “fast” charges, the more it taxes the battery.

And the more one taxes an EV battery by discharging and “fast” charging it, the sooner the EV’s battery will need to be replaced – at a cost that even people who can afford to buy a new EV will probably be reluctant to pay. Instead, they will throw their battery-tired EV away – and get a new one. A few people may be able to afford this. But the people who, in the past, could afford a used non-electric car will not able to afford a $20,0000 replacement battery for a $15,000 used EV.

And none of us will ever again be able to just drive – without thought, without care – anywhere we like, whenever we like. No more open roads and wide-open spaces.

The EV will end all that.

As intended.

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57 COMMENTS

  1. I bought my first (and last) home in 1987, paid off the mortgage in 1998, and retired in January 2005. How come no one subsidized me? Where were all these subsidized homes and condos when I was shopping for a home? Did I miss something?

    • Hi Richard,

      Not only weren’t we subsidized, we paid – and continue to. I’ve paid about $40,000 over the past 20 years to not be evicted from the home I paid for 20 years ago. I could sure use that money now.

      • Consider yourself lucky. My deep blue state home, I’ve paid approx. $250K to not be evicted over 25 years or approx. $10K/yr! My red state home = more reasonable at $2K/year.
        They both have a state income tax of approx. 6%.
        I think more and more people are voting with their feet. I know we are planning our exit from it.
        So the question is, when does the shoe drop. If enough people leave a high tax state/area, and homes start dropping like a rock with no demand, do they just keep increasing the tax rate? I guess so. Eventually it has to implode. And the people who stayed lose-lose. Sad times.

        • Hello, Chris. Yes, people are indeed voting with their feet. Unfortunately, that includes the stupid people, too, who are moving, who created these tax problems in the first place. My once home state of Montana is a perfect example. Stupid Californians realized that Communism was not working where they used to live, and migrated to Montana some 30 years ago, thinking it a mild climate (bwa ha ha) state to call their new home. These people no one wanted or invited in were just smart enough to figure out Communism-type policies did not work where they used to live, but were too dammed stupid to leave it behind, and decided to “try it again” somewhere else. And now, like Colorado, a once-nice state is turning into another leftist crap hole. I fled that state some 30 years ago, and see no reason to move back. Now, they are running out of water, which, like California, I find quite fitting. The problem is, there will soon be nowhere left to run from these ignorant fools. Who, like locusts over a lush green field, just devour everything in sight, and then blame the rest of us when they eventually starve to death.

  2. I am not sure which is worse: These worthless, EV’s that take you nowhere fast. Or (if it is indeed true), the mandated kill switches coming to all new vehicles, starting in 2026. The powers-that-be are damned determined to keep us locked down right where we are like cattle in a cage. It is sad to think we are halfway there, with all the sheep running (and driving alone) with their face diapers on.

    • Will police cars have kill switches too?
      Maybe we could activate them remotely, with some electronic jamming device?
      Would save the trouble of outrunning police cars, like I did two times in the 1970s to avoid speeding tickets, when I was a juvenile delinquent.

      At a younger age, we used to throw a barrage of snowballs at cars on the road.
      We’d throw the snowballs in front of moving cars, so they’d drive into them and they’d hit the hood or windshield. We were very good at that — too bad that event was not in the Olympics. More challenging than hitting the back window or the trunk with snowballs. I wonder how a barrage of snowballs would affect self-driving cars.

  3. what is to be done with all those in the hinterlands who can neither afford the EV or continue to use their ICE vehicle?

    how do they get food or to work? or will they just rent time behind the wheel?

      • Hi Eric,

        I stop at a place near the Interstate quite often for food/fuel/restroom/electronic device use that has a row of fast chargers. I always park and watch the EV people like they are fish in an aquarium.

        I suspect some notice me doing it as they seem to reach “almost full charge” within 10 minutes of my arrival. I suspect there are other fast chargers near and they move on to those in hopes of no longer being the entertainment of some long haired hick who is obviously judging them in a non-virtue signalling manner.

        Over the Christmas week, I saw many yankee tags charging up. I suspect many may have been rentals. I’m sure many were able to watch ICE vehicle after ICE vehicle pull up and get fuel in 5 mins while they sat, and waited. I hope many did the downtime math and figured out how much time they lost with friends and family sitting at their “planet-saving” chargers. I hope the virtue they were hoping to signal upon their arrival fell flat after their total wait times deflated the “coolness” of the EV.

      • For a while it seemed that every EV owner also had an ICE vehicle, so they never used these EV for long trips. But in recent years, some brave EV owners have tried long trips. Every “I took a long trip in my EV” article I’ve found in several years was filled with bad news. If you are an EV owner, and want to take a long trip, fly there or rent an ICE car.

        Those long EV trip articles seemed to start a few years ago in the EU and UK. They are spreading to the US. I feature every related article I can find on my climate science and energy blog. Not one was good news in the past few years.

        Some long EV trips are so bad, that by the time they arrived, it was already near the time to start the trip back home.

        I used to take an annual ICE car drive from Michigan to Charleston SC, usually in a luxury car, to visit the father in law. I can’t imagine doing that trip in an any EV.

        More feedback from auto engineers cold weather testing EVs in Northern Minnesota last month:

        More than a few models lost 50% of their range in that extremely cold weather or more. One model was near 60%. These cars were parked outdoors overnight so were very cold when started for testing in the morning. The engineers started their planned circuits sitting inside very cold cars, fully charged (to 80%, which is fully charged if you want to preserve your battery). So they start off with 20% less range than a hypothetical 100% charge. And then they lose a lt more range due to the extremely cold weather.

        Here’s the story:
        Hypothetical is fully 100% charged
        Loss of 20 percentage points by charging only to 80%
        Loss of 10 percentage points discharging to 10%, rather than to zero percent
        So you start with 70% of the full range to preserve your expensive batteries.

        If you have one of the EV models that loses 50% of range in very cold MN weather,
        then your 70% is cut in half down to 35% of the hypothetical full range with a 100% charge. That’s not good.

        NOTES:
        Engineers started their EVs and drove off. They did not wait for the car interiors to warm up while they waited indoors in a heated home. The word on the street was: “My wife could never tolerate getting into a car that was so cold inside”.

        The engineers never drove far enough to need a recharge while on the road.
        Trying to keep the EV warm inside, while getting an outdoors recharge, was not part of the test.

        The bottom lines that we can add severe range reduction in very cold weather to the usual list of EVs faults.

    • A Tesla went off a cliff in California. All survived, the media calls it a miracle.

      https://nypost.com/2023/01/03/tesla-plunges-250ft-off-california-cliff-passengers-survive/

      What they didn’t say is why it went off the cliff. Teslas can go where they want to on autopilot, and these new fangled things can be hacked for assassinations. The Tesla autopilot is just like a leftist woke authoritarian, it knows better than you. Puny mortal, I AM Tesla Ai.

      And who says the driver was even awake? I bet he woke up on impact, though. The family of four was trapped in the mangled car, and the real miracle is that the battery didn’t short out and turn them into crispy critters or a new form of charcoal.

      • Coming soon, to a battlefield near you:

        https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-war-drone-advances-6591dc69a4bf2081dcdd265e1c986203

        >The longer the war lasts, the more likely it becomes that drones will be used to identify, select and attack targets without help from humans

        >“Many states are developing this technology,” said Zachary Kallenborn, a George Mason University weapons innovation analyst. ”Clearly, it’s not all that difficult.”

        >The technology is not especially complicated, said University of California-Berkeley professor Stuart Russell, a top AI researcher. In the mid-2010s, colleagues he polled agreed that graduate students could, in a single term, produce an autonomous drone “capable of finding and killing an individual, let’s say, inside a building,” he said.

        >“If we are not careful, they are going to proliferate much more easily than nuclear weapons,” said Walsh, author of “Machines Behaving Badly.” “If you can get a robot to kill one person, you can get it to kill a thousand.”

        Would you like to play a game?

        • Hi Adi,
          So apparently “Terminator” was a documentary, skynet is about to go live. Next up: Cylons patrolling the streets.

      • Yukon;
        That Tesla crash happened in my neck of the woods. The latest news on that is they think the driver did it intentionally.

    • Hi Mike,

      That has t be what is styled a “sponsored post.” Meaning, a paid advertisement. Which is ok – if it’s so marked. This one isn’t.

    • Hey Mike,
      That article is exactly the opposite of what you get with an EV; glad the comments show nobody is buying the BS.

    • “Contributor posts published on Zero Hedge do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Zero Hedge, and are not selected, edited or screened by Zero Hedge editors.”

      I read Zero Hedge every day
      You have to avoid those articles.
      I read over 24 articles from various sites every morning of the year
      So I can spot those “contributor posts” easily.
      But some people will take them seriously.
      I wish they did not exist.

  4. “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” – Aldous Huxley

    They’ll do it every time. Take war, something you take for granted, I think. Sad but true.

    When you reach an age where you know you won’t be doing the things you used to do all of the time, you become pensive, you wonder, yet you also know it will all continue without you around, whether you are retired or dead.

    My survivors will end up with everything I own!

    Gotta have a Turkish metal pepper/spice grinder and an Almazan knife for starters.

    Then it’s time for the wilderness, the wolf is at my door all of the time, the dirty dog, got to keep moving anyway.

    A Chang Li automobile, battery-powered, has a cost of 1500 dollars, you need to pay for the shipping and handling, you’ll pay 7,000 dollars for one delivered to your door.

    8500 USD for the Chang Li Explorer, the quote on a video from Electric Import Motors.

    They’re at Alibaba, have to gather orders and order in bulk.

    Electric Import Motors will do all of the paperwork to get you one. The Pak Yak Pro is 11,250 dollars, 250 USD deposit to secure the order.

    There are videos at YT, it is a cool vehicle. Electric Import Motors drives one around the Colorado back roads and some off road. It’s a hard sell, however, the truck can do some stuff.

    Don’t sell your ICV to buy a Pak Yak Pro though, keep your truck. I’d buy a Pak Yak Pro if I had the money, have to save some more.

    I don’t own one, don’t own any Chang Li stock, am not affiliated with Electric Import Motors at all. Full disclosure. Have to have an open mind. Does help.

    It is for the information, the purpose.

    • I wouldn’t trust a Chinese fancy golf cart company for one minute.

      Are ChangLi cars and trucks street legal?
      Unfortunately, these ChangLi cars and trucks are not street legal, nor are pretty much any Chinese-made neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) or low speed vehicles (LSVs).

      Maybe useful for retirement communities where some elderly people use golf carts to get around. The ChangLi could be a “golf cart replcement” for status seeking old timers.

      I knew an old timer who used to have a golf cart and then traded up to a fancy Japanese ATV that seated two people and had a top for rainy days. It looked like it would be fun for off-road use but was a dork-mobile for drivng in our subdivision.

      In the 1970s, a friend whose father was a Cushman golf cart dealer. had a Cushman Trackster, which was a great off-road ATV. It’s still being made by a home state of Michigan company called Terra Track, and now called the Range Runner. It’s very expensive now, so I wonder how the company can stay in business

      • The pickup truck gets good reviews in the comment sections on the Electric Import Motors YT videos. Ranchers and farmers say they would buy one to use on the farm and ranch.

        It is shipped with no battery, you buy the battery after you receive the truck. No chance of a fire while in crates on the ship at sea. The cost of the battery was 1000 dollars, charges in 3-4 hours, there is an eight horsepower electric motor to drive two wheels. A very simple machine that moves and is handy out in the pasture.

        Other comments rave about the Pak Yak, say they would buy one if/when they become street legal.

        A buyer in Florida has a three month update on the use of the truck after three months. An older farmer uses the truck, his son bought it just to find out what would happen. It has a hydraulic dump, is used frequently, a good video to learn a little more. Search for eSuperBike at YT.

        For what the truck is, there were no complaints and no problems, the farmer likes it.

        Portable solar panels are used for charging on sunny days.

        The Pak Yak is not a Bentley or a Rolls Royce, just a small electric truck that is very useful.

  5. ‘The electric car is going to take it away, the obvious way being via economics.’ — eric

    That is, unless economics takes away the electric car first. Today TSLA shares are getting thrashed to a bleeding pulp, down to $105 from over $400 a year ago.

    https://tinyurl.com/2x2vu7zu

    Tesssssla was the poster boy of EeeVeeees … and now it’s lying unconscious in the gutter with its face mangled and its teeth scattered on the pavement.

    Congress Clowns don’t know it yet, but their all-in, bet-the farm wager on EeeVeeees has just blown up spectacularly in their fool faces. The late, great EeeVeeee Fever has broken, and it can’t be reheated with a thousand of Eeeeeeelon’s flamethrowers.

    • The TSLA stock price is irrelevant for the current condition of the company.
      Meanwhile, the stock dells at 33x trailing twelve months earnings.
      Ford is 5x.
      GM is 6x
      Toyota is 10x

      Tesla delivered 405,278 vehicles in the fourth quarter. That was a new record, but it was 6% below analysts’ estimates of 431,117.

      Elon Musk, by opposing censorship at Twitter, has upset his potential leftist Tesla customers. Leftists love censorship of opposing viewpoints.

      Tesla reliability (via Consumer Reports) was always bad, and now other manufacturers are offering new EV models too, hopefully more reliable than Teslas.

      Tesla has more competition now (if you really want an EV). And a lot more competition coming for 2026 models launched in late 2005.

      https://mishtalk.com/economics/tesla-kicks-off-the-new-year-with-a-13-percent-plunge-and-disappointing-sales

  6. There’s also the cost of lost opportunity. If your only options for work are within a 15 minute walking distance, that severely limits your earning potential.

    Not long ago I struck up a conversation with someone working in Rifle. He mentioned he commutes daily from Grand Junction. That’s a 62 mile, 1 hour commute. Five days a week, 50 weeks a year. Why would someone do that? Well, because it is better than the employment options in Grand Junction. Maybe his job pays better on net even considering the extra fuel used. Maybe because the cost of living in Rifle is higher then the higher cost of fuel. And maybe he likes the drive.

    The extreme example of this is people who work in Aspen, but live “down valley” because there’s no way they could ever afford to live there. In fact, “down” in the valley is getting further and further away from Aspen as housing prices skyrocket. Do the Aspenite property owners pay enough for people to buy a condo or other property? Many do, but most workers still prefer living in a more affordable area, rather than tie up their cashflow in a 30+ year mortgage they might not make back. Of course the city is all in on “affordable” housing as a solution, without a practical plan as to how to divine more property out of thin air.

    Off topic: Working class people who bought subsidized houses and condos in the 1980s and 90s are now retiring. There’s a debate as to whether or not they should be allowed to remain in their own home.

  7. ‘For more than 100 years, Americans have assumed this is how it always will be.’ — eric

    For a century after 1865, blues and grays had a tacit understanding to respect each others’ heroes. Now that’s blown to pieces. Leftist MSN gloats about the poisonous legacy of Virginia’s Gov Coonman, in a lengthy hagiography of a black contractor who stepped in to remove statues when white contractors refused to vandalize their own culture:

    ‘Partly in reaction to the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, the General Assembly passed a bill early in 2020 to allow localities to take down Confederate statues. That May, the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police touched off nationwide racial justice protests that in Richmond focused on Monument Avenue and its iconic memorials.

    ‘Governor Northam, a Democrat, decided it was time to act. Protesters and police were clashing every night. He wanted to move fast.

    ‘Northam’s case for removing Lee statue was devised by a lawyer descended from slaves
    He had come to understand that those statues — especially Lee — were like religious objects to their defenders. They had stood more than a century as totems of a powerful mythology:

    ‘That slavery was somehow benign, that Southerners were the noble victims of Northern aggression, that things were better when White people presided over an orderly world. The Lost Cause.’

    https://tinyurl.com/4tjt5bf8

    Heady stuff … and utterly fictional. The leftist journo derides ‘myths,’ even as he’s fashioning one from whole cloth right in front of us.

    Poor scribbler seems oblivious to the rich irony of his quote: “The Negro put up the Lee monument,” black journalist John Mitchell wrote in 1890, “and should the time come, will be there to take it down.”

    Yes, and when our cities are laid waste, first by rioters, then by gov-sponsored cultural cleansing, what follows then? Have y’all thought about that?

    • General Robert E. Lee was one of the brightest military minds of all time, and should be revered for that, at very least, especially at a military school such as West Point.

      Meanwhile, Lincoln was arguably the worst tyrant in American history, and some of his generals were ruthless savages. But they’re all celebrated because they happened to live at the proper latitude.

      • Yet Lee still lost. He wasn’t particularly brilliant, he fought a fairly conventional war and lost against a better funded, larger opponent. Very decent guy but still, well, he lost.he also regretted surrendering later but that’s another story. Lee should have took a page from Nathan Forrest’s unconventional mobile warfare playbook and drive your enemy insnane. What really kneecapped the Confederacy ultimately was Jefferson Davis. He’s the one who refused Stonewall jackson’s plea to march on Washington DC after the first Battle of Bull Run. That would have ended the war at the very start, much like Hitler calling off Mannstein from wiping out the British at Dunkirk. Another incompetent loser with great generals ironically.

  8. The new year 2023 brings us the beginning of the carbon tax here in WA – gasoline and diesel affected, not sure how much yet. Initially maybe 5 cents a gallon, the worst case projections were 46 cents gasoline to over 50 cents on diesel. Local media silent of course, they’re totally on board for the climate cult. Conservatives dying off here, socialists in total control of state Gov. Idiot population, example some grandma at a county council meeting on “climate” testifying how awful for her grandkids breathing that toxic carbon dioxide air, media laps it up for the evening broadcast.

    Friends left WA this week for a new home north of Post Falls, ID. Problem is, ID is now very expensive for housing. Check out the intersection of E Percival and E Allenby to see what nearly half a mil gets you. Street out front alley in the back, nearly no yard. Horizontal rabbit hutches.

  9. Just remember that the elected criminals are voted in again and again. If you want a visual on the complete corruption in the District of Criminals watch the videos of two of the world’s worst criminals getting standing ovations by our clowngress.

    Bibi Netanyahu, the butcher of Gaza, got 29 standing ovations in 2015 and more recently the gay demon actor Zelensky, the destroyer of Ukraine, got rounds and rounds of whoops and applause.

    Zelensky said in his clowngress speech, that the hundred plus billion given to Ukraine is an “investment”. It is more like flushing money down the toilet, Russia will win the war (because they have to survive) and all our effort and weapons will be battlefield scrap iron, but Zelensky will have managed to squirrel away billions for himself, and even as the war wages and the sons of Ukraine are hamburgerized he buys mansions and chalets WITH YOUR MONEY.

    Yep, those are the very same people making the laws and pushing for the death of free movement with EV’s.

  10. ‘Electricity isn’t getting any cheaper.’ — eric

    Or any more reliable, either. Our power was out for 11-1/2 hours yesterday after the atmospheric river dumped 8 inches of snow. During the first half hour back on, it tripped off five more times for a second or two, as it typical after an outage. There had been six other brief reclosure attempts at 8 hours into the outage, which flickered the lights for a second or two then fizzled out.

    In other words, the grid around here is shaky and poorly controlled. It seems only meta-stable: not to be trusted with mission-critical service. Down at the market today, they’ll be emptying the freezer cases of ruined food.

    What DID work during the electric utility’s faceplant was internal combustion vehicles: the county’s big Cat road grader, and other diesel trucks with plows. The roads were all cleared while we waited for Godot … errr, APS.

    Imagine waiting for an EeeVeeee plow that can’t be recharged because the grid is down. This fiasco scenario is brought to you by 535 freshly-tanned Congress Clowns, reconvening in the capitol this morning to continue their pillaging and looting of the American sheeple.

    • “ Or any more reliable, either “

      Yep, been in Eastern WA for about 10 years, totally reliable electricity for the first 9. Lately not so much, out for a few hours here and there, last month a 5 hour outage. They do maintain power line right of ways with tree and brush clearing, but the poles/lines/equipment aging is a concern. We get the added excitement of sanctuary folks new to the USA taking out power poles after a night of heavy drinking then driving.

      Western WA always an issue, can’t touch those sacred trees till after a crisis level power outage caused by high winds and too close trees. Week long outages in my foothill town several times in 24 years. After the first one got a generator, enough to keep the fridge, freezer, and wood stove fan going.

    • Pushing EV’s will crash the grid, there is no way the grid can supply the power to charge these EV’s, the grid capacity and power generation supply has to be increased 500% to meet the demand.
      The opposite is happening, reliable power generation for the grid from gas, coal, oil and nuclear is being shut down.

      In truth, the nation’s power grid is already on its last legs. It has been for years. In a sobering piece for Smithsonian Magazine, Dr. Massoud Amin, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Minnesota, explained the many ways in which the country’s power grid, “the most complex” one ever assembled, could fail.

      just doing neglected, deferred maintenance on the existing grid is estimated at $5 trillion

  11. They can’t get our guns yet, they can’t take our cars.

    There’s always a solution to whatever the Govt pushes, especially when Pedo Peter and his crew won’t be in power forever

  12. What this needs to lead to is a national divorce. I don’t want to be in a country with these loons. It’s bad enough they ruin their states with their idiocy, but their regulatory dictates will soon affect mine. I’m tired of them trying to force me to bend the knee to their insanity. I don’t consider these coastal elites to be my countrymen, especially since they love to hate and deride people like me who live in “flyover country.”

    • “I don’t consider these coastal elites to be my countrymen, especially since they love to hate and deride people like me who live in “flyover country.””

      Agree 1000% percent. The problem, at least in my neck of Dixie, is they keep coming here. Yankees visit. Damn yankees stay. We have enough of our homegrown morons to contend with anyhow.

  13. Will the same lemmings who took the “vax” also be easily persuaded into EVs? I dunno.

    One thing is for sure, the overlords & their enforcers won’t be driving EVs.

    • Hi Mike,

      One thing is for sure, The Biden Thing’s “Special Envoy for Climate”, John Kerry, will likely continue flying his private jet to Davos meetings and elsewhere to lecture the masses about how THEY need to “cut their carbon footprint” and drive an electric vehicle.

      Heck, many of these politicians who decreed mask mandates for the masses in 2020 and 2021 broke their own rules, but the believers in the narratives about face diapers didn’t say squat about it.

  14. Last week’s The Highwire had a segment on the existing energy crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Other countries are having their own energy problems as they obsessively push a non existent “Green energy unicorn”. Switzerland is even talking about BANNING electric vehicle use during an energy crisis, while California was urging their residents not to charge EVs during rolling blackouts they had after decreeing that EVs will be MANDATED by 2035. Will even the most ardent believer in the climate change narrative wake up to the issues we’ve seen? That remains to be seen.

    https://thehighwire.com/videos/divesting-from-the-green-new-deal/

  15. “the cost-rising of the non-renewable lithium ”
    Which will likely mean that when your battery dies in ten years, there won’t be enough of it available to even make a replacement, much less one you can afford.
    “Replacing” ICV with EV is NOT a part of the plan. Moving targets are harder. Which is why they don’t want you moving.

    • In England they are already mapping out the 15 minute zones…..your city is divided into zones based on a 15 minute driving time, maybe about 5 miles across…a 5 mile by 5 mile zone….you won’t be able to leave your zone without special government approval…..all the people will be herded into these cities and contained in these zones….. so they control them….process them……

      abattoirs have a chute to control the direction of the animals headed for processing….An abattoir licence enables an individual to operate an abattoir, which is a premise where animals are slaughtered

      the justification?…..bat germ bs …seers next.. bs or climate change bs….

      from a poster at zh…….

      Bill Gates announces the next pandemic date: 2025 it will be called (SEERS)

      2023-2025
      Step 1. 21% interest rates (Depression)
      Step 2. scam-demic
      Step 3. lockdown…….then takeover by WHO

      Actually interest rates will continue to rise above 7% then the Volcker moment will come skyrocket interest rates to 21%

      These banks and the government plan on stealing everything once the rates climb past 7%
      Gasoline will hit $5.00 then on to $10.00

      The 2024 election more fraud stacked deck ……then Bill Gates/WHO, lockdown will come after 2024.

      Bill Gates announces the next pandemic date: 2025 called (SEERS) and outbreak location

  16. When they finish turning us from Citizens into Subjects/ Serfs how many people will respond by “Letting It Rot” or will they cheer for their enslavement? That is the question that will decide what happens next. It could go either way; just look at how many people still wear face nappies. As for me I just want the country I grew up in back.

    • Landru,
      We’ve been heading this way ever since the “Civil” War. It’s just increasing exponentially now. Governments always get worse. The longer they’re around the worse they get. They may slightly improve periodically, for propaganda purposes, but they all revert to their socio/psychopathic tendency.

      • An interesting thing to me is that they haven’t even left “reservations” to escape to, ala Brave New World. No pressure relief valve. That inevitably leads to an explosion.

    • Hi Landru,
      Re:”letting it rot”, I’m ready to burn it all down; at 75 I just want to be left alone and enjoy however many years I have left but these control freaks just won’t quit. I have no intention to live like a monk, which seems to be the direction the PTB is pushing us; next up we’ll be required to where hair shirts to attone for our sins to Gaia. See if they remember that “if you ain’t got nuthin, you got nuthin to lose”.

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