Why are Bashing Electric Vehicles?
When I come across an article like this one from EVWorld’s Bill Moore: “Electric Cars and ‘Can’t Do Spirit’ of American Conservatives” I like to draw readers’ attention to it, and normally attempt to addsome value in the form of commenting, elaborating, clarifying — at least amplifying. Here, however, he’s nailed this subject so perfectly that I can’t think of anything else to say.
Bill notes the many outrageous errors in a piece in “The Week”entitled, “The Folly of Doubling Down on Electric Cars,” in whichjournalist Ed Morrisey begins with the line: “So-called green vehicles are expensive, tough to dispose of, and may actually increase America’s dependence on foreign sources.” He goes on to explain how the car companies can’t sell EVs, because Americans simply don’t want them.
Morrisey takes a considerable drubbing – even from his followers – who make comments like “Please get your facts straight before you print trash,” and “You should retract this article. Did the author read tea leaves as research?” And here’s my own contribution — not an opinion, but a fact: Paul Scott, a personal friend who sells the LEAF at a local Nissan dealership, hascustomers coming out his ears; the problem, if there is one, isproducing cars fast enough to satisfy demand.
But Moore says that his favorite comment on the article was: “This column by Edward Morrisey perfectly encapsulates the modern Can’t DoSpirit of American Conservatives. Their rallying cry should really becloser to ‘Why Bother?’ than ‘Don’t Tread On Me.’”
I’m with you there, pal; I really don’t understand this behavior. Iknow that most conservatives are completely sincere in their desire tosee a stronger and more vibrant America. To that end, I submit thatmaybe it’s time they stop bashing their country’s attempts to lead theworld in the Energy Revolution that lies at the very core of the globaleconomy.
Craig Shields is the editor of the fast-growing website2GreenEnergy. Craig and his associates in clean energy business and technology publish industry interviews, technology analysis, scientific and engineering research, while offering consulting and investment services for the business of renewable energy.
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