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The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the “trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”
Within hours of the stunning ruling, The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by McKibben in which he declared “our political system is not working” and called for “climate civil disobedience” to address climate change.
What’s lost in this global effort to impose a “new world order” over our vehicle choices is that any attempt to ban the most reliable, efficient, and affordable engines that hundreds of millions of people rely upon will only drive up prices, stifle innovation, and inevitably further burden low-income families.
Margaret Thatcher once noted, "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." It seems EV advocates plan to keep pushing until someone yanks their access to taxpayer dollars. Hopefully that will happen before more Americans are left in the dark in order to light wealthy Americans’ EV utopian dream.
Events on the eve of Drive Electric Week scorched the utopian illusion of “a Prius in every garage.”
On Wednesday, Toyota declared a worldwide recall of 1 million hybrid vehicles over the potential fire risk posed by faulty electrical wiring. And given the fire danger already posed by the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs), which have been known to ignite—and reignite—at incredibly high temperatures, this recall is no joke.
Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.
When it comes to legal strategy, the “Keep It in the Ground” folks are taking their cue from Frank Sinatra’s hit song “High Hopes” about a “silly old ram [who] thought he’d punch a hole in a dam.” Against all logic and multiple courtroom losses, they keep launching the same fatally flawed argument—that the courts should dictate climate policy—hoping to bust through that “billion-kilowatt dam.”
But the biggest subsidy Tesla enjoys is a $7,500 federal tax credit for those purchasing new EVs. Combined with various state and local subsidies, new Tesla owners in states like California can get up to $13,000 in lavish government subsidies. The problem is that about 90% of these tax credits are going to families with incomes over $100,000, which is essentially “welfare for the rich,” as one Forbes columnist described it.
The utopian goal of getting widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has become a mainstay of the “Keep It in the Ground” crowd. And getting taxpayers to foot the bill via subsidies is their favorite mechanism for driving adoption.
Reality and facts are taking a real toll on the “Keep It in the Ground” movement.