An electric shock is coursing through our country

An electric shock is coursing through our country

An electric shock is coursing through our country

Over time, the market and science will yield more energy and vehicle options, and fossil fuels may eventually be phased out. But forcing the issue via government threats is causing hardship and economic chaos.

Robert Knight
Robert Knight

Robert Knight is a columnist for The Washington Times. His latest book is "Crooked: What Really Happened in the 2020 Election and How to Stop the Fraud."

I’ve got nothing against electric cars, per se.

Tesla made Elon Musk rich so he could take over Twitter and rename it X. Mr. Musk promptly exposed how radical leftists in charge of social media suppress conservative viewpoints and censor key information to skew elections.

This was a great victory for freedom of speech and more proof that God sometimes works in strange ways.

However, I’m not buying an electric car. That will happen only when our would-be green masters put gas-powered cars totally out of reach.

This won’t come as quickly as the climate extremists had hoped. In fact, it seems that fossil fuels, which are one of America’s great strengths, will be around longer than anyone thought just a couple of years ago.

The signs abound. Billion-dollar wind farm contracts are being cancelled. Oil companies are beefing up for more production even while the Biden administration keeps blocking off government land that could produce energy.

Detroit is losing big money on every electric vehicle (EV) they make. E-cars and trucks are piling up on dealers’ lots. Last Tuesday, 4,000 dealers sent a letter to President Biden asking him to back off his goal of converting almost two-thirds of new car sales to electric by 2032—a mere nine years hence.

Part of the problem is the slim market. Virtue-seeking liberals burnishing their green credentials have already bought their EVs. And speaking of signaling, how virtuous is it to buy into a product almost entirely dependent on a supply chain of rare earth minerals produced by child labor and controlled by Communist China?

Okay, okay, I own an i-Phone. Nobody’s perfect.

There’s more.

A new Consumer Reports survey found that EVs are far less reliable on average than gas-powered vehicles. From 2021 to 2023, owners reported 80 percent more problems than for regular vehicles.

Most EVs can go only 200 to 300 miles without a time-consuming charging. Plus, a Car and Driver magazine study found that EVs got on average 12.5 percent less distance per charge than the car companies claim.

For urbanites who drive few miles, electric cars make much more sense than they do for suburban and rural folks or for families that like to take road trips. (“Aw, Dad, do we have to plug in again? When are we going to get there?”)

Another reason that I won’t be buying an EV soon is that I resent that leftists who now control our government are shoving them down our throats. It’s part of their war on America’s energy sector and thus on America’s strength and independence.

Over time, the market and science will yield more energy and vehicle options, and fossil fuels may eventually be phased out. But forcing the issue via government threats is causing hardship and economic chaos.

President Biden’s war on fossil fuels is the main reason behind 40-year-high inflation, along with trillions of dollars of federal spending. When you jack up the price of gasoline, everything soars.

Farmers are spending a fortune on fertilizers made with fossil fuels. They pass on the costs to food companies, which pass them on to consumers. Again and again.

I was amused by a recent front-page headline in the Democrat Party’s newsletter, the Washington Post.

It said: “Inflation is down, but gripes still going viral: Democrats fear that social media exaggerates economic issues.”

Yes, they better fear this. The rate is down, but not the already high prices, which keep rising. We’re not imagining this. A family trip to a fast- food restaurant often costs more than double what we paid only two and a half years ago.

Heating homes and offices yields more sticker shock. Natural gas bills are 27 percent higher than last year. Heating oil is up 27 percent and propane up 5 percent, with more increases on the way, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In the health care sector, even uber-leftist Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren has admitted that Obamacare has caused industry consolidation instead of competition and higher prices for nearly everything medical, from procedures to prescriptions.

When the government meddles in markets, bad things happen. 

When the government refuses to enforce laws, more bad things happen.

Four to eight million illegal aliens have flooded over the border during Mr. Biden’s time in office, overwhelming social services and police departments in many cities.

The human carnage of those attracted by his no-enforcement welcome mat is incalculable. It ranges from hundreds of deaths annually to routine rape of girls and women and the importation of deadly drugs like fentanyl that kill nearly 100,000 Americans each year.  

At some point, wouldn’t you think that people would figure all this out and stop voting for the socialists who are wrecking America?

But cognitive dissonance runs deep. Here’s a final paragraph from a letter to the editor in the Washington Post. Hailing from Montgomery County, Maryland, the writer says:

“Mr. Biden has shown himself to be mentally sharp and a strong leader who has pulled this country out of a death spiral after the Trump presidency. Stop pushing the age issue.”

Yes. We’re living in an age in which many people are certifiably insane or at least in denial.

If only they didn’t vote.

This article appeared originally here.

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