Revealed on September 10th, 2019 |
by Steve Hanley
September 10th, 2019 by Steve Hanley
How’s this for a headline? “Norway’s electrical automobile miracle is a smug nationwide fraud constructed on subsidizing wealthy folks with Teslas.” Does that sound like one thing impressed by the far off Koch Industries community of assume tanks, coverage organizations, and particular curiosity teams? It’s not. It’s really from RT, a propaganda arm of the Russian authorities.
In accordance with Wikipedia, “RT (previously Russia At present) is a Russian worldwide tv community funded by the Russian authorities. It operates pay tv channels directed to audiences outdoors of Russia, in addition to offering Web content material in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Russian.
“RT is a model of ‘TV-Novosti’, an ‘autonomous non-profit group’, based by the Russian information company RIA Novosti on 6 April 2005. Throughout the financial disaster in December 2008, the Russian authorities, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, included TV-Novosti on its record of core organizations of strategic significance of Russia. In September 2017, RT America was ordered to register as a overseas agent”with the USA Division of Justice underneath the International Brokers Registration Act.”
Now right here’s the fascinating half. The gross distortions included within the RT article are equivalent to the bleatings of devoted Kochroaches employed by a big selection of mouthpiece organizations funded by Charles and David Koch.
“Time to Pull the Plug on Electrical Car Handouts for the Wealthy,” screams a headline for a narrative printed by The Heritage Foundation final yr. “Electrical Automobile Subsidies Damage Center Class People to Profit the Rich” blares the Center of the American Experiment. “We Ought to Eradicate Federal Electrical Car Subsidies for Wealthy Individuals,” proclaims Reason.com, whose editorial tag line is “Free Minds And Free Markets.” Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes tells Fox News, “Wealthy folks don’t want your cash to purchase electrical vehicles — Let’s get actual about EV tax credit.”
Earlier this yr, The Driven wrote an article exposing the Koch Brothers/Steve Forbes marketing campaign for the lie it’s. A video produced by Fueling U.S. Forward — a Koch Brothers funded group — popped up in 2017 during which outright lies about electrical vehicles had been introduced as information. That video has since been taken down and marked personal on YouTube.
In accordance with the RT hit piece, the residents of Norway are clueless dupes of electrical automobile advocates.
“The entire masquerade illustrates a deeper fact about Norway. The nation unironically purports to be carbon impartial — it’s fortunate to be mountainous sufficient to have ample hydropower to serve its wants — but is the world’s 12th greatest oil exporter and 2nd largest provider of pure fuel. If it actually needed to sort out CO2 emissions on the planet, it might merely curtail its extractive industries, moderately than pumping the taxes collected from these industries into indulgent white elephant schemes to buy slick new vehicles for its ethically-pampered burghers.
“However Norway doesn’t actually care in regards to the world. It claims to be setting an instance to different international locations. However its electrical automobile revolution is unaffordable to any however the wealthiest states. And its uniqueness seems to be a manner for a privileged society with a superiority advanced to smugly sign its exceptionalism, its self-proclaimed progressiveness. Allow them to drive Teslas.”
Ethically-pampered burghers? Yikes, that could be a low blow certainly.
What all this weeping, wailing, and gnashing of tooth proves is that governments in all places are as we speak little greater than puppets of the fossil gasoline trade, spreading the identical lies, half truths, and false impression whether or not they originate from American or Russian sources.
All through historical past, folks have feared the thought of a world authorities. But the coordinated assaults on electrical vehicles reveal the reality — we have already got a world authorities and it’s composed of and rigidly managed by oil, fuel, and coal pursuits. Any of you who doubt this are invited to learn Greg Palast’s wonderful e-book Vulture’s Picnic. In case you don’t consider the world is completely managed by fossil gasoline pursuits now, you’ll consider it when you find yourself completed studying it.
The frequent indictments about electrical vehicles by fossil gasoline firms present they can bridge geographical, social, and political chasms to assault the largest risk to their enterprise mannequin because the first crude oil got here effervescent out of the bottom in Pennsylvania over a century in the past. And they’ll cease at nothing to guard their pursuits.