A decent metric of the extent to which the agenda of the Left has been accepted by the Right is a recent article in The Washington Times – where I once worked as an editorial writer and columnist in the Before Time.
It is a news article published the other day about the GOP-majority (just barely) House attempting to legislatively block the force-feeding (pate de foi gras goose-style) of battery-powered devices on a market that doesn’t want them by using regulations to force the automakers to build nothing else (more or less) by 2032 but beginning a lot sooner than that. The regulations demand compliance with gas mileage standards (set to rise to just shy of 50 MPG for the 2026 model year and going up from there) that cannot be complied with – thereby outlawing cars that aren’t battery powered devices without actually outlawing them.
It works similarly to the way exorbitant “licensing” fees are applied to the purchase of select-fire capable rifles. They are not technically illegal (well, at the federal level) to possess but in order to legally possess on, you must pay the federal government a sum of money that makes the buying of such a rifle untenable for most people. It’s a de facto outlawing of select-fire rifles without actually outlawing them.
Back to the Times piece.
It details the 221-197 vote in favor of something insipidly styled the CARS Act. It seems every proposed law must have an insipid acronym – for marketing purposes, probably. Because it is increasingly difficult to have an intelligent discussion about a proposed law in declinum et fallum America.
Anyhow, the proposed law – which will never be passed because Leftists control the Senate and a Brezhnev-style barely-in-control of his bladder geriatric Leftist occupies the presidency – is at least a public step in the right direction in that it is a repudiation of the federal regulatory apparat’s now-obvious plan to render car ownership impossible for most people by shoving electric vehicles onto the “market” that most people can’t afford to buy.
The Times piece quotes GOP Rep. Tim Walberg, who said the federal regulatory apparat has “display(ed) breathtaking overreach” and that its impositions will render car ownership “unaffordable, unattainable and unrealistic for American consumers.”
All of which is obviously true when an “entry level” battery-powered device such as the 2024 Fiat 500e stickers for $34,000 to start and the typical battery-powered device sells for just shy of $50,000. Not counting the inevitably exorbitant cost of insuring a battery-powered device, which is much more vulnerable to catastrophically expensive damage (as from spontaneous combustion) as well as much more expensive to repair and replace than a car that isn’t a device. There is also the cost of upgrading the home to accommodate the device. In order for the device to be even plausibly usable on a regular basis – as opposed to collecting dust waiting for days to recharge.
The Times piece does not mention these facts. Instead, it affirms the Left’s falsehoods – without (so it seems) any awareness that it is whistling past its own graveyard. For instance, this:
“The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing new tailpipe emissions rules . . .”
Well, for openers, the EPA isn’t “weighing” anything. It is understood the EPA – the regulatory apparat of the car-hating Left (at least insofar as your owning a car goes) – has decided it will impose new regulations that have no more to do with “emissions” than the drugs pushed on people by the FDA were vaccines.
Yes, gasses are produced by the engines in cars that are not battery powered devices. But almost none (less than 3 percent, to be precise) are pollutants – i.e., compounds that foul the air. The gas at issue are carbon dioxide, which is not a pollutant because it does not foul the air and for that reason was never previously characterized as an “emission.” Until the Leftist Barry Obama altered the definition – much the same as the operational definition of “pandemic” was altered to encompass an event that was not a mass die-off event.
When people hear or read about “emissions” and how the government is “acting” to reduce them, they are led to believe this will reduce pollution. They are reluctant to voice opposition to whatever is demanded in the name of doing so – because they don’t want to be regarded as despoilers of the”environment.” Much the same as most people are reluctant to criticize “affirmative action” – that is, policies that advantage certain races on the basis of race – because they don’t want to be called “racists” by those who advocate for the latter.
The Times writer accepts (by using) the etymology of the Left – and thereby affirms the narrative of the Left.
It gets worse as it goes on.
Toward the end of the piece, there’s this:
“Still, blue states are forging ahead with bans of their own against gas-guzzlers.“
They are “forging ahead” (as if nobly fighting in a glorious struggle against an implacable foe ) with laws that will ban “gas guzzlers” – meaning any car that uses gas. Including cars like the 55 MPG Toyota Prius (my review is here) which is doomed to be de facto outlawed via the apparat’s regs that will require 60-plus MPG before 2032.
All of it premised on the effronterous notion that people are being pushed to buy the “gas guzzlers” they clearly want – rather than being pushed into battery powered devices they do not want.
The Times piece blithely uses the smear words of the Left to describe cars that aren’t devices, thereby giving aid and comfort to the Left that is pushing battery-powered devices in order to push most Americans out of cars.
It’s an example of just how deep the rot goes – and that it’s time for a fresh start.
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