If there truly were a “climate crisis,” you’d think they’d stop producing EeeeeeeeeeVeeeeees almost no one can afford.
Of course, there isn’t a “crisis” – that’s just the excuse being used to get people to accept being priced out of cars, which the Left has always despised, just like free speech. At least – with regard to the former – when it is ordinary people who own them.
Enter the Cybertruck, Tesla’s latest EeeeeeeeVeeeeee. Tesla says it will eventually cost $60,990 to start – when that version of the thing arrives (if it ever does) come 2025. In the meanwhile, the one people will be able to buy in 2024 will cost an estimated $75,000-$80,000.
Only a few people will be able to buy it at either price so only a handful will ever be sold and that will do nothing to salve the putative “climate crisis” that’s ostensibly almost upon us (as it has been for at least the past 50 years – very much like the low-cost/long-range EeeeeeeVeeeeee battery “breakthrough” that’s been just around the corner for just about as long) that we’re told must be salved by swapping cars for battery-powered devices such as the Cybertruck that almost no one can afford to swap into.
What is the logical conclusion to be drawn from this?
Obviously, it is to swap us – the people who can’t afford a $60k-plus device – out of cars while providing psychological camouflage for the affluent Leftists who can afford devices such as the Cybertruck.
These Leftists can afford them, by the way, because most of them have access to as much of our money as they need, which they’re able to take because most of them work for the government or for adjuncts of the government (i.e., the corporations that are becoming indistinguishable from the government). Government work is very well-paid work. Even a cop – who is a government worker – typically takes home (the italics because it’s exactly that and not earned) tens of thousands of dollars more than the average working person. At the policy level, you have government apparatchiks such as the current secretary of transportation, who takes six-figures-plus home, plus benefits. A person such as he is able to afford a battery powered device and does not give a damn that you can’t.
But he isn’t going to give up driving. Nor flying. Nor eating food rather than bugs.
Elon had promised the Cybertruck device would cost about $40,000 – or about 50 percent less than what it actually will cost. We have heard similar promises about EeeeeeeeVeeeees generally. These promises are made to sound plausible by making a fallacious analogy with devices such as microwave ovens, VCRs and the first personal computers – all of which cost big money when they were first introduced but eventually became very affordable mass-market devices almost everyone now owns.
With a battery, that is.
Chips are cheap – and get cheaper. The batteries used in small devices – such as a laptop, for instance – don’t have to be as heavy as the computer in order to power it. But an EeeeeeeVeeeee’s battery pack weighs as much as a car and sometimes, more. For example, the Ford Lightning, which is the battery powered iteration of the F-150 truck, has a battery that weighs about 2,000 lbs. – which is several hundred pounds more than this writer’s 1974 Super Beetle weighed.
The Cybertruck’s battery probably weighs more – because (like the Lightning) it is not designed to be efficient. It is designed to be capable of pulling more than its own weight – some 11,000 lbs. – though not for very far. And to be able to out-accelerate a high-performance sports car like the Porsche 911 that weighs half as much. This is all very impressive, if you have the money to burn.
But it’s also exceptionally obnoxious in that people who are being priced out of cars they can afford are having to subsidize devices they can’t afford. Few people who cannot afford to own a Porsche resent the man who bought one – using his own money. But it is noisome and insufferable to be lectured about the necessity for our diminishment by Leftists who can afford to spend $60k-plus on devices we’re forced to help them pay for.
There is no “climate crisis.” But there is a crisis of common sense.
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