Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

California as the Boss of Us – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on February 8, 2018

Bad enough that we’re ordered about by the government in Washington. But what about this business of being ordered about by the government of California?

Its befehlshaber (that’s German for order-giver) Jerry Brown just ordered the tripling – the almost quadrupling – of the of the number of electric cars which must be on the state’s roads by 2025.

Instead of a ludicrous 1.5 million of them, it must be a preposterous 4.5 million.

But what has this to do with the rest of the country?

Unfortunately, a lot…

By decreeing that nearly 5 million electric cars must be on California’s roads by 2025 – less than seven years from now – Brown has personally imposed billions in costs on the car industry, which will have to design and build these electric cars – for which there is currently no market

But the broader point is that if the car companies are compelled to make such a massive investment in EVs, they will want to make money on the proposition.

One way to do this is to jump on the electric car bandwagon nationally. To not only acquiesce in the CA EV idiocy but to seek its imposition countrywide, so that everyonewill be compelled to buy in. In order to spread the costs around.

People may not particularly want these electric wunderwagens, much less be able to afford them – but perhaps they can be nudged into renting them . . . perpetually.

Especially if there is no alternative – no way to opt out…

This is what Brown hopes – and intends – to accomplish by issuing “executive orders” – Fuhrerbefehls – that millions of electric cars will be incarnated by decree. No permitting market demand to decide the matter.

As Captain Picard used to say, make it so.

Brown has also decreed – at a cost of $2.5 billion – the erection of 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the state. As with the EVs themselves, if there were market demand for this, it would not be necessary to decree it. It was never necessary to decree the erection of gas stations – because there’s money to be made selling gas to people who freely wish to purchase it at market price.

EVs – and EV charging stations – are about stealing (or transferring) money.

The government of California is getting into the “business” of using funds extracted from the people of California, in order to erect state-owned recharging stations to further subsidize state-mandated electric cars.

The Soviet Union didn’t disappear back in 1989. It moved West.

Be seeing you

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