California Banning Gas Vehicles By 2035, and Gatekeeping By Recommending Books – The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show
Democrats in the U.S. produced some charming quotes last week – including one current governor, one candidate for governor, and even the President of the United States – with regards to Republicans. And with the midterms just around the corner, plus what else is in the news, I think these are worth a glance.
“And we are here to say that the era of Trump, and Zeldin and Molinaro, just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, ok?”
“Get out of town. Because you do not represent our values. You are not New Yorkers.”
So said New York Governor Kathy Hochul to her Republican opponents.
Democrat nominee for Florida governor Charlie Crist also chimed in.
“Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him, and I don’t want your vote.”
“If you have that hate in your heart, keep it there!”
Then there was President Biden himself on Monday.
“It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”
“The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security.”
“They’re a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.”
CARB and ICE and EV
In other news, California’s Air Resources Board announced last week that they are going to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035. And according to an article by William Johnson at Teslerati.com, California’s regulations are accepted in 14 other states and the District of Columbia, so 17 State Attorney Generals are suing in federal court to block the move.
This is to say that we should not just read this news as being one state out of 50 having decided something for itself. California is not just one of the wealthiest and most influential states in the Union. It’s also one of the biggest economies in the world, and 28% of these United States look to its regulatory board to set their standards, including Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
This move comes as Ford just announced an $8,475 increase in the price of their 2023 Electric Mustang compared with the 2022 model immediately after the Biden administration announced an EV tax credit of $7500, citing “significant material cost increases” and “evolving market conditions.”
An article at The Daily Wire by Zach Jewell reports “Materials such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel have become harder to get, with China dominating cobalt and lithium production. That, coupled with supply chain issues, resulted in the cost of raw materials for EV production doubling from March 2020 to May 2022.”
The Proper Role of Government
The government should not be centrally planning and paternalistically declaring that individual consumers are disallowed from buying the most inexpensive and dependable vehicles available.
Moreover, too much central planning of this kind as it is wholly explains why we are right now experiencing inflation at levels not seen in decades. This is also why we are seeing shortages of so many goods and materials across the economy in recent years where just previously there was an abundance.
Specifically on the issue of transportation, a doubling of costs for raw materials needed for EV production in just two years should lead us to ask how much more will these costs rise in the next dozen.
And what exactly are the economic and national security implications of China dominating global cobalt and lithium production, with America on what seems like a collision course with China over Taiwan, if now we are being told we must all ban all vehicles except those produced in a way that sees us more dependent on the good will of the communistic People’s Republic?
We simply cannot afford the question to be limited to whether some of us want a clearer view of the mountains. Yet at the risk of seeming to gatekeep the conversation, I would recommend some books to study, and soon.
For instance, Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke, The Great Debate by Yuval Levin, and Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. Any of these would give us a clearer view of the proper role of government, and all of them together would prevent us from making a serious and perhaps fatal error regarding our American civilization.
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