That eat brioches and drive Teslas

Um sedã Tesla Model S estacionado do lado de fora de um showroom de propriedade da empresa em Marietta, Geórgia, EUA
A Tesla Model S sedan parked outside a company-owned showroom in Marietta, Georgia, USA | Photo: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

“Well, you guessed it,” Vice President Kamala Harris commented during a supposedly clean traffic event, which she attended with her tautology colleague, the Transport Secretary Pete Buttgieg. “That’s why we’re here: because we have the ability to see future possibilities, without the weight of the past, and then make the possible really happen.”

When Harris and Buttigieg get together, it becomes the Platitudes Convention. How it went this week: As the reality of historic gas price spikes knocked on Americans’ doors, the duo spent the day promoting electric cars, the Green New Deal and the soon-to-be-expected Environmental Protection Agency carbon emissions standards. be reduced.

When it comes to energy , Democrats embrace an elitist and bizarre disparity: driven by a theological belief in apocalyptic climate alarmism, they assume that Americans will join them in losing all sense of perspective and proportionality.

Despite the perpetual campaign for electric vehicles, less than 1% of cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States are electric.

The average cost of an electric car is 55 one thousand dollars. Even with subsidies that artificially reduce the value, the average price of an electric car is around 19 a thousand dollars higher than the average price of a gasoline car. The average Tesla costs about 55 a thousand dollars. Renting the Model S, which is not the top of the Tesla line, will likely go over 480 monthly dollars.

Not everyone has the little pig with Ocasio-Cortez coins . Even if they are, they’re probably more concerned with functionality than an expensive virtue signal.

Why would a couple with children set aside a perfectly good gasoline car that, until recently, could be fueled at low cost and easily taken over any distance at any time? environment?

Fossil fuels are the form of energy efficient, the most payable, the most transportable and the most useful. And we have a vast supply of it. In recent years, the United States has become the largest oil producer in the world. There are tens of billions of barrels within easy reach inside and outside the country — and much more around the world. We have, under the ground, the value of centuries waiting.

Four dollars a gallon is a choice. [O galão corresponde a aproximadamente quatro litros e meio. (N. t.)] Every plan to fight climate change creates one of two things: either manufactured markets to raise fossil fuel prices, or artificial scarcity.

President Joe Biden says this is the time to lead the “export of clean energy to countries around the world. the world.” The president wants half of the cars produced in the United States to be electric by 2030 (the year we will miraculously achieve zero emissions), not because consumers want it, but because technocrats decided to manipulate the market to coerce Americans and direct them.

Ford and GM promise to reduce the production of gasoline cars and start producing electric cars in 2035 because the government promises “investments” and subsidies. Auto companies know they are too big to fail.

And in the meantime, let us eat brioche. “Today the average price of gasoline in the United States has reached an all-time high of more than four dollars a gallon,” said, jokingly, Stephen Colbert of TV (whose annual income is ten million dollars). “Okay, that hurts, but a clear conscience is worth a dollar or two. I’m willing to pay four dollars for a gallon. Cacilda! I’ll pay fifteen dollars a gallon because I drive a Tesla.”

If sending a delegation to Iran and Venezuela to beg for oil soothes your principles, so be it. But Colbert’s comment is almost as funny as Buttigieg telling Americans that “families who own a car [elétrico] will never have to worry about the price of gas again.”

Where do Buttigieg and Colbert think the energy used to charge these electric cars comes from? More than 19% comes from oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power plants. Nuclear power, in fact, is a cheaper and more practical alternative to rebuilding an entire economy of 19 trillions of dollars than the lofty, extortionately expensive proposals made to clear the consciences of climate alarmists.

Meanwhile, the same administration that says increasing domestic capacity and oil imports would have no impact immediate effect on gasoline prices in the United States proposes that you buy a luxury, expensive and impractical item.

The difference between them and Marie Antoinette is that she never said “Let them eat brioche”.

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