The Looking Glass World Of “Climate Injustice” — Part III

From the MANHATTAN CONTRARIAN

Francis Menton

In our wacky world where almost nothing makes sense any more, there is no shortage of examples of politicians, let alone self-important academics, journalists, and wealthy elites, looking foolish with incoherent and self-contradictory policy demands. My favorite among all of them is the demand for “climate justice” for the poor while simultaneously seeking action that will dramatically increase the price of energy and things derived from it (e.g., transportation, heat) — an increase that obviously will hit hardest on the poor. The contradiction is so stark that I have dubbed the situation a “looking glass world” and, in a piece this past September, promised a series of posts highlighting the craziness.

But then I have to wait for just the right news to give a perfect illustration of the absurdity. This week has provided an excellent example.

Undoubtedly you are aware of the Biden administration’s obsession with both “climate justice” and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On the “climate justice” front, they are calling the big initiative “Justice40.” Here is a Memorandum for Heads of Departments and Agencies dated July 20, 2021, instructing them how to implement this important initiative. Excerpt:

President Biden is committed to securing environmental justice and spurring economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities that have been historically marginalized and overburdened by pollution and underinvestment in housing, transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure, and health care.

The basic idea is to make sure that 40% or more of the environmental spending in the blow-out Build Back Better plan goes to these “historically marginalized” communities.

In Executive Order 14008, the President directed [various subordinates] to jointly publish guidance on how certain Federal investments might be made toward a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of such investments flow to disadvantaged communities – the Justice40 Initiative. The Justice40 Initiative is a critical part of the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to advancing environmental justice.

But then another key part of Biden’s environmental agenda is sharply reducing so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions. A huge proportion of those come from automobiles, nearly all of which today have gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. And thus in August Biden announced his plan for a rapid forced reduction in internal combustion automobiles, and their replacement with what he calls “zero emissions vehicles,” otherwise known as electric cars:

[T]he President will sign an Executive Order that sets an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles.

One small problem not mentioned in Biden’s press releases and executive orders: electric vehicles cost substantially more than do gasoline-powered versions. Plenty of lower-end new cars of the gasoline-powered types can be found in the range of $20 – 25,000, and some even for well under $20,000. By contrast, the cheapest electric vehicles are barely under $30,000 — and those have terrible range of under 150 miles. The price of the cheapest Tesla has recently shot up sharply to over $47,000.

It is therefore no surprise that electric cars appeal mostly to affluent consumers — and almost not at all to racial minorities. In 2018 a market research firm called Hedges & Co. did a study of the demographics of Tesla Owners. Average income of a Tesla owner was reported as $143,177 for a Model X and $153,313 for a model S. As to ethnicity:

The ethnicity of Tesla owners skews toward Caucasians, at 87%. Owners who identify with Hispanic ethnicity make up 8% of Tesla owners, leaving 5% to other ethnicities.

The 8% of owners who are Hispanic might seem decent until you realize that the majority of Tesla Owners are in California, which is 39% Hispanic. The 5% for “other ethnicities” includes both blacks and Asians, which for some reason they did not break out separately. My bet is that the figure for blacks was so low, probably less than 1%, that they were too embarrassed to report it.

Which brings us to the big Washington Post report just out on December 9: “Without access to charging stations, Black and Hispanic communities may be left behind in the era of electric vehicles.” (Ed Morrissey at Hot Air suggests that a more appropriate headline would have been “Come and see the systemic racism of electric vehicles.”). It seems that the WaPo has made the shocking discovery that there are next to no EV charging stations in minority neighborhoods in the major cities of the United States:

Look at any map of charging stations in the United States, and in most of the big cities, what is immediately apparent are big blank spaces coinciding with Black and Latino neighborhoods. Electric vehicle advocates call them charging deserts. While electric vehicle use is growing rapidly in well-to-do, mostly White communities, minority neighborhoods are being left behind.

Well, of course there are few charging stations in these neighborhoods, because the blacks and Hispanics aren’t buying electric vehicles. They aren’t buying them because they are too expensive. The internal combustion vehicles work just fine and they’re a lot cheaper. This seems to me like the blacks and Hispanics are making a perfectly rational decision.

But our betters in the Biden administration and Congress have a smarter idea: force the lower income members of minority groups to buy the far more expensive electric vehicles; or, if they can’t afford that, then they’ll just have to do without. Hey, it’s for their own good.

Read the full article here.

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David Elstrom
December 13, 2021 10:16 am

Anytime we see or hear the phrase “[insert leftist preoccupation] justice,” we can be certain it is something unrelated to true justice (which needs no modifier).

Tom Abbott
Reply to  David Elstrom
December 13, 2021 5:08 pm

It’s usually got something to do with spending taxpayer money.

observa
Reply to  David Elstrom
December 14, 2021 2:18 am

There’s so much to gained by being a victim-
‘So much’ to gain from being a victim in America: Andy Ngo (msn.com)
That’s if the victimhood producer groups don’t get their hands on it first as conduits and administrators.

Brad
December 13, 2021 10:17 am

Our local Safeway has replaced 2 handicap parking spots with EV chargers. The spots were closest to the Bldg, so lowest install cost.
level 2 chargers, so what is the average time spent in a grocery store? We probably average 20 minutes, going twice a week. How much of a charge can you get in 20 minutes?
https://evcharging.enelx.com/images/PR/Articles/blog/EV-charging-times.pdf
maybe a couple miles at best?
and who is going to sit in a grocery parking charging their car, especially if you have just bought food the needs to be in the freezer???

crazy stupid.

and don’t get me started on chargers in underground parking garages in big office bldgs…🤯

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 10:31 am

“and don’t get me started on chargers in underground parking garages in big office bldgs…”

Big Government – Doing the high impact jobs that guys like Ramzi Yousef couldn’t accomplish!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
December 13, 2021 5:10 pm

Just don’t charge a Chevy Bolt in that underground parking garage. It might burst into flames and burn down the whole building.

fretslider
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 11:04 am

Supermarkets are putting time limits on parking now that they have chargers- typically an hour

yirgach
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 12:42 pm

Two years ago we got a $50 fine for parking in an underground garage in an EV charging space.
The problem was they put the Charging/Restricted sign 10 feet up on the wall which made it invisible if you backed into the space. We cordially thanked them for treating their Tourists so nicely and never went back again.The garage attendant said it was a common problem… They were obviously in need of the new version of the speed trap.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  yirgach
December 13, 2021 8:22 pm

You never looked at the space first, deciding whether to pull in forward or backward? And didn’t see the sign when you got out of the car?

Sounds dubious.

PaulH
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 1:18 pm

Our local Safeway has replaced 2 handicap parking spots with EV chargers.

I’ve said for years that the green movement is a blunt attack on the poor and working poor. It looks like I can include the disabled in their enemies list.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  PaulH
December 13, 2021 5:11 pm

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet.

Jeff corbin
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 1:23 pm

Free Electricity? Or does the EV owner pay for the electricity?

Brad
Reply to  Jeff corbin
December 13, 2021 3:10 pm

Gotta pay, not sure about costs.

bill Johnston
Reply to  Jeff corbin
December 13, 2021 3:39 pm

“Insert credit card. Plug in car. $?? per hour”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bill Johnston
December 13, 2021 5:12 pm

Cheaper than gasoline?

Doug Huffman(@doughuffman)
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 14, 2021 3:51 am

Electric apples and gasoline oranges?

Dennis
Reply to  Brad
December 13, 2021 9:44 pm

Just for fun I checked an Australian website listing EV recharging stations and when last used, it was revealing, most have very low traffic and most can sit idle for weeks in country areas.

I am concerned that Federal and State government investment of taxpayer’s monies into recharging and refilling stations for electric and hydrogen vehicles is a waste of money at this stage of demand for EV/HV.

J Mac
December 13, 2021 10:27 am

This is a sober assessment of the disparate positions and cognitive disfunction expressed by the Biden regime, in their clashing concepts of “Social Justice” for the poor versus “No ICE for you! We know what’s good for you!” disdain for the poor.

Well done, Mr. Menton!!

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Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  J Mac
December 13, 2021 12:19 pm

What’s funniest is that they are trying to replace cars running on oil with cars running on coal

Doug Huffman(@doughuffman)
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 14, 2021 3:54 am

While Oz divests from coal, bans exports to China that retaliates by cutting off urea for Diesel Exhaust Fluid.

O wat a tangle’d web we weave when … we practice to deceive.

Tom Halla
December 13, 2021 10:38 am

Contempt for peons is normal for elitist greens.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 13, 2021 12:02 pm

“deplorables”

To bed B
December 13, 2021 10:48 am

I suspect that there might be a lot more cases where things don’t pan out like promised and we (as in “you”) will go without for the common good.

Pat from Kerbob
December 13, 2021 10:50 am

I have a wonderful example of the muddy and foolish thinking of these people.

Here in Calgary we elected a new Mayor in October. Mayor Bubblehead, as her first priority declared a climate emergency and borrowed millions to hire 18 useless mouths to enact her climate emergency program.

Her second act was to welcome a new discount airline that announced plans to be based in Calgary.
Flying is one of the great evils to the climate insane, discount airlines multiply that by 100 by encouraging the unwashed to travel.

I’d like to say i made this all up to give everyone a laugh, but no.

Bob in Calgary
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
December 13, 2021 12:57 pm

And according to sources, she believes that there is a flood of money ready to come into Calgary once we make said declaration and so ingratiate ourselves with various others. IOW swallow the pill and be welcomed into the cult.

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Bob in Calgary
December 13, 2021 5:20 pm

That’s the first, even if perhaps the last thing your new mayor gets right, you lucky boy! Think of all the unwilling taxpayer largesse that will be heading your way — at least to hire the likes of those aforementioned useless mouths (who will be needing some form of employment after graduation from what now passes for higher education that surely prepares them to freely mouth off about such matters.

Vuk
December 13, 2021 10:50 am

Sky news reporting that POTUS has asked for an investigation to find out was the Kentucky caused by climate change.
Answer: It was caused bu atmospheric pressure change, which changes from one minute to the next. Climate change has no start or end it is continuous process trough decades, centuries, millennia and mega-anni.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Vuk
December 13, 2021 12:17 pm

I definitely think Kentucky was caused by Climate Change ™. Without Climate Change ™ the land now known as Kentucky would be under a mile of ice.

Vuk
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 13, 2021 1:15 pm

Has this tornado been classified as EF scale 5 tornado?
How does it compare to the Oklahoma city tornado of 1999 when wind speeds of 300 miles/hour were recorded?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Vuk
December 13, 2021 5:18 pm

So far, the classifications for the tornadoes yesterday are EF3 for the biggest ones. There were about three EF3 tornadoes.

Just looking at the pictures, the tornado that destroyed one town’s city center looked to be about a quarter of a mile wide.

The Norman, Oklahoma EF5 tornado was about a mile wide.

You need to be underground in a shelter when an EF5 comes through. When it passes, all that’s left are concrete foundations of homes that have been swept clean.

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Doug Huffman(@doughuffman)
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 14, 2021 3:57 am

I believe that the Kentucky tornado is particularly significant for the longest ground track in recorded history, like 250 miles.

I survived the Ringgold, Georgia tornado 27 April 2011.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Doug Huffman
December 14, 2021 6:40 am

I haven’t heard the final number on the length of the tornado that happened a couple of days ago.

Here’s some information on the Tri-State Tornado in 1925, that traveled a 219 mile path.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_tornado_outbreak

“On Wednesday, March 18, 1925, one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in recorded history generated at least 12 significant tornadoes and spanned a large portion of the Midwestern and Southern United States. In all, at least 747 people were killed and more than 2,298 were injured, making the outbreak the deadliest tornado outbreak, March 18 the deadliest tornado day, and 1925 the deadliest tornado year in U.S. history.[3] The outbreak generated several destructive tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana on the same day, as well as significant tornadoes in Alabama and Kansas. In addition to confirmed tornadoes, there were undoubtedly others with lesser impacts, the occurrences of which have been lost to history.[1]
The outbreak included the Tri-State tornado, the deadliest tornado in United States history and the second-deadliest registered in world history.[4][5] The 219-mile-long (352 km) track left by the tornado”

end excerpt

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 14, 2021 6:34 am

That should be Midwest City that was hit by the EF5 tornado. Norman is the home of the OU Sooners. I guess I had football on my mind when I wrote that.

Midwest City is a suburb of Oklahoma City. My uncle and aunt lived there at the time of the EF5.

Joel O'Bryan(@joelobryan)
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 13, 2021 4:39 pm

I understand your comment, but the LGM Laurentide ice sheet never got within 300 miles of Kentucky.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 13, 2021 7:22 pm

Close enough for Climate Scientology work!

ResourceGuy
December 13, 2021 10:55 am

Kim Jong-Un started it and it caught on because it works so well.

Rud Istvan
December 13, 2021 10:57 am

Biden is obviously too ‘noncompos mentis’ to recognize his cognitive discord.
And the Squad doesn’t care.
Both ignore the first rule of holes. That will have major consequences in November 2022.

John Bell
Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 13, 2021 11:42 am

Someone once said it does not matter who votes, what matters is who counts the votes. I hope we stop letting leftists count votes.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  John Bell
December 13, 2021 11:51 am

‘Someone’ was Joseph Stalin.

Vuk
Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 13, 2021 1:43 pm

it went something like this
‘The people who vote decide nothing, the people who count the votes decide everything’.
The other well known one
‘One persons death is a tragedy; one million dead people is a statistic.’
full name Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, while ‘Stalin’ is a nickname meaning ‘man of steel’ (Cталь = steel)

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fretslider
December 13, 2021 11:01 am

“The demand for “climate justice” for the poor ”

Even then identity politics means anyone who is poor and, er, not blanc..

Divide and…

MarkW
December 13, 2021 11:03 am

More than a few leftists and greens (I repeat myself) have declared that the ultimate solution is to eliminate personal transportation in order to force everyone to use mass transit.

Alba
Reply to  MarkW
December 13, 2021 11:46 am

Rather, their ultimate solution is to eliminate humans. eg. The push on not having babies.

bill Johnston
Reply to  Alba
December 13, 2021 3:44 pm

That would explain the LGBTI push.

Steve Case
Reply to  MarkW
December 13, 2021 11:53 am

Ask for the moon and settle for less.

Drake
Reply to  MarkW
December 13, 2021 11:55 am

I would like to see a cities like NY, SF, Seattle, Portland, Washington DC, etc. to ban ALL non-mass transit uses. No taxis, limos, etc. Make everyone use mass transit including billionaires, with NO segregation from the masses allowed. That would include Amtrak in and out of the city.

Make it a mandate for accepting ANY federal monies.

Let the “elite”, including all politicians, LIVE and TRAVEL with the peons. No personal autos in the city. No cabs allowed. Fill the streets with communal small busses and cars where every seat will be filled regardless of who is already in the vehicle.

Make the “rich” get a special charge whenever they use the systems, to be based on their individual “net worth”, lets say 0.1% every time they travel to a maximum of 10% of their net worth per year. So those with high income (lets say over $100,000/yr. who hide their net worth or just spend all their income, make it 0.1% their gross income if that exceeds their net worth, again to 10% per year.

The “poor” ride for free.

Steve Case
Reply to  Drake
December 13, 2021 2:16 pm

No, I wouldn’t like that at all. Breaks for the poor? Sure. Screwing the rich? You won’t succeed. If there’s a market for a low cost E-Car then the system will provide it.

MarkW
Reply to  Steve Case
December 13, 2021 4:28 pm

The problem is that any “low cost” E-Car will have even worse performance.
The only way left to make such a car cheaper is to make the battery even smaller.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  MarkW
December 16, 2021 6:16 am

Think golf cart. Just like retirement villages use for everyday transportation.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  MarkW
December 13, 2021 2:55 pm

Except for the Zil lanes for the Teslerati.

Dr. Bob
December 13, 2021 11:32 am

I beg you pard0n, but the August and Biden should not be used in the same sentence, let alone next to each other. Especially without punctuation that clearly separates the two words.

But then another key part of Biden’s environmental agenda is sharply reducing so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions. A huge proportion of those come from automobiles, nearly all of which today have gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. And thus in August Biden announced his plan for a rapid forced reduction in internal combustion automobiles, and their replacement with what he calls “zero emissions vehicles,” otherwise known as electric cars:

Suggest: “And thus in August, Biden …..” at the very least.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Dr. Bob
December 13, 2021 12:14 pm

But we all know that Biden is August…

John Bell
December 13, 2021 11:33 am

TYPICAL leftist policies and ideas: the unintended consequences always overwhelm the intentions, and are of opposite sign. We have seen it so many times! Great article, spot on!

TonyG
Reply to  John Bell
December 14, 2021 9:30 am

The “unintended” consequences always end up being much the same. Yet the same actions continue. At what point do we start thinking that perhaps those consequences are actually intended?

meab
December 13, 2021 11:48 am

The democrats have to retain their spectrum of voters all the way from the extreme left wing/socialists to Green voters to more centrist democrats and independent voters in order to get elected. However, their policies that appease the fringe voters tend to alienate the centrists so they have to perform a delicate balancing act. It seems to me that they’ve totally misread the centrist democrats and independents with their mismanagement of the economy and attempts at totalitarian control. Now they’re also actively alienating the poor as EVs are almost always a second or third car owned by the well-to-do. Their actions that have raised the cost of gasoline (blocking pipelines and delaying drilling leases) have similarly backfired across the political spectrum perhaps apart from the Green minority. Will the democrats need to do a major course correction back toward the middle after the midterms next year?

Burgher King
Reply to  meab
December 13, 2021 4:26 pm

Today’s Democrat politicians will not move their economic policies towards the center. They remain totally confident that vote fraud can keep them in control of the Congress and the White House regardless of how strong voter backlash to their agenda becomes.

Waza
December 13, 2021 11:59 am

I’ll make a wild guess and say Tesla owners on average have more long haul flights than non Tesla owners.

mark from the midwes
Reply to  Waza
December 13, 2021 1:17 pm

Yes, I can anecdotally verify that, see post below

mark from the midwest
December 13, 2021 12:14 pm

My girlfriend has a Tesla 3. Her choice had nothing to do with the notion of a zero emmision vehicle and a lot to do with the notion that Tesla’s are cool. She’s got the long range option so it also has a performance mode that let’s her punch the thing between stop lights just to make any passenger uneasy with the acceleration, (she’s evil). Of course in performance mode the thing has a range of about 85 miles instead of 320. Odd thing is we take my Subaru Outback pretty much anywhere we go over 30 miles.

Steve Case
Reply to  mark from the midwest
December 13, 2021 2:20 pm

 Odd thing is we take my Subaru Outback pretty much anywhere we go over 30 miles.
______________________

E-cars aren’t for road trips to Yellowstone or apparently anything over 30 miles. But they are great for zipping around town. And yeah, the performance is fantastic. I didn’t know that the performance made was that restrictive. Thanks for that tidbit.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Steve Case
December 13, 2021 3:26 pm

The quick acceleration also reduces the life of the battery.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  mark from the midwest
December 13, 2021 3:27 pm

What are the handling characteristics in performance mode? EVs are heavier than ICE vehicles and I don’t remember the Tesla’s having extra large tires, so I would think it would be a beast to control.

mark from the midwes
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
December 13, 2021 4:55 pm

Actually the thing handles poorly in any mode, it’s just too heavy for a car with a short wheelbase. I hate it in sleet, and wet snow, even with Hakkapeliitta R3’s.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  mark from the midwes
December 14, 2021 8:30 am

OMG Mark! You lost your “T”!!

Joseph Zorzin
December 13, 2021 12:16 pm

climate justice

“A VISION FOR AN EQUITABLE AND JUST CLIMATE FUTURE”
https://ajustclimate.org/

*************
“What is the Equitable and Just Climate Platform?
The Equitable and Just National Climate Platform advances the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice to improve the public health and well-being of all communities, while tackling the climate crisis. Environmental justice advocates and national environmental organizations have committed to advocate this historic, bold platform that lays out our shared vision and goals, including:

  • A healthy climate and air quality for all
  • Access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity, water, and transportation for every community
  • An inclusive, just, and pollution-free energy economy with high- quality jobs
  • Safe, healthy communities and infrastructure”

*************

Gonna build Utopia! All we gotta do is have green energy- solves all problems. The elixir for civilization.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 13, 2021 5:30 pm

“What is the Equitable and Just Climate Platform?”

It’s just another way for the Democrats to say they need to spend more taxpayer money. Their aim is to buy as many votes as possible with the taxpayer money.

Chris Hanley
December 13, 2021 12:24 pm

I understand currently in US gas taxes at least partly cover the cost of road maintenance, an increasing proportion coming from general government revenue due to an increase in electric vehicle use.
So under the current rules ‘climate justice’ means the poor, of whatever ethnic classification, by driving older gas-powered vehicles will be burdened with an increasing share of road maintenance costs.

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mark from the midwes
Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 13, 2021 1:19 pm

A lot of the tax money ends up moving sideways. It’s hard to say how much the gas taxes actually fund highway maintenance and how much goes to odd-ball projects that are only somewhat related to transportation

Tom Abbott
Reply to  mark from the midwes
December 13, 2021 5:44 pm

Gas taxes should be eliminated across the board, and taxes from the general fund should be substituted for them.

Gas taxes hurt the poor the most and hurt the economy by causing inflation because everything has to be transported. The connection between gas taxes and transporting goods should be eliminated.

Getting taxes from the general fund relieves the poor from paying for road improvements since the poor don’t pay general taxes as a rule, so the richer folks in the society get to pay for road repairs and that’s what should be happening.

You help the economy and the poor by eliminating gasoline taxes.

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Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 13, 2021 1:27 pm

There are not enough EVs to make any changes at all in gas taxes yet. In any case, Brandon is making sure that the price of gas ‘necessarily’ increases, and that increases gas tax. A win/win!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 13, 2021 5:37 pm

Paul Krugman, former Nobel Prize winner for economics, wonders if there is any good reason to believe that inflation hits low-income household especially hard!

This from a Nobel Prize winner in economics!

Well, Paul, let me educate you: Poor households have less income than richer households, so when the price of everything goes up in an inflationary spiral, the poorest people suffer the most because they spend a bigger percentage of thier income on goods whose price has gone higher because of inflation.

The New York Times ought to fire Krugman for even asking this question.

Krugman is just trying to make Biden look better, but this is prostitution of his profession, assuming he understands that poor people don’t have as much discretionary spending as other people. If he doesn’t understand that, then how can he claim to be an economics expert?

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 14, 2021 10:06 am

Krugman is the perfect “expert” for the MSM. He’s always wrong, but he always says stuff they like.

DocSiders
December 13, 2021 12:28 pm

The First place to BEGIN with Justice40 ?

Force the HHS to spend 40% of the Tax Monies allocated for the Poor…on the Poor.

Currently only ~26% of over $1.25 Trillion is paid out in benefits.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  DocSiders
December 13, 2021 5:47 pm

The best thing that can happen with Justice40 is for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to vote against the Biden porkbarrel, socialist wishlist, spending bill.

And he just may do it.

markl
December 13, 2021 12:58 pm

The left is the shoot-ready-aim cesspool of America. I can’t think of anything the Progressives have done to help anyone but themselves in the voting booth. Their Climate Change edicts are blatant money grabs by those that can afford it …. electric vehicle subsidies are a good example. Wind and solar farms have done nothing but raise the price of electricity to the consumers and the more unreliable our grids become because of them doesn’t seem to phase those in charge in the slightest. In fact the MSM keeps lying that wind and solar are the “cheapest form of electricity generation available” while the facts prove otherwise.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  markl
December 13, 2021 1:31 pm

doesn’t seem to phase those in charge in the slightest.

Hopefully those in charge are just a phase. (the word you meant is ‘faze’)

In fact the MSM keeps lying that wind and solar are the “cheapest form of electricity generation available” while the facts prove otherwise.

They are the cheapest form of electricity. Especially when you don’t need it, and have to pay people to take it. Negative prices are way cheaper than anything!

Mike Dubrasich
December 13, 2021 1:29 pm

The Green New Screw Job is founded on the goal of increasing energy costs which will harm the poor more than any other group. The propaganda has it exactly backasswards. The proponents are racist to the core and plan on sticking it to the most vulnerable people in a wolfish frenzy.

Doonman
December 13, 2021 3:57 pm

Just like Mom and apple pie, no one is ever opposed to justice. So modifiying the term with any adjective is used only by scoundrels to suggest widespread agreement with their actual agendas.

Its psycho-linguistics on parade. It’s also your first clue that you are being scammed.

Joel O'Bryan(@joelobryan)
December 13, 2021 4:37 pm

Just bought a 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali. Its got a Big gas engine for a big truck.
FJB.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 13, 2021 5:50 pm

The claim is used car prices have increased 30 percent during this inflationary period.

How are the prices on the new cars? Got all your computer chips? 🙂

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Jeff Alberts
December 13, 2021 8:18 pm

But our betters in the Biden administration and Congress have a smarter idea: force the lower income members of minority groups to buy the far more expensive electric vehicles; or, if they can’t afford that, then they’ll just have to do without. Hey, it’s for their own good.”

That’s not what will happen. They’ll be given “free” electric vehicles, paid for by all the citizens who actually do pay taxes.

Likewise with charging stations.

Then, once all the charging stations have been vandalized, and/or all the copper stolen out of them, the electric cars will be rendered useless. Then the government, er, all the citizens who actually pay taxes, will buy them all back.

It’ll be one big circle-j**k.

Dennis
December 13, 2021 9:40 pm

Is there any point in mentioning the cheapest EV considering that they not only have a very short theoretical range but they are also the smallest of cars best suited to suburban shopping duties and school children transporters?

In Australia the most popular sedan and wagon has been the no longer manufactured large Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon ranges of ICEV. There is no EV equivalent with the closest being the more expensive Tesla range which are three times or more the retail price of a Toyota Camry ICEV mid size range.

On the news here recently that despite government incentives or subsidies, meaning taxpayer’s monies, sales of EV have fallen well short of state government targets already. The average or lower income Australians helping to fund virtue signalling.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Dennis
December 13, 2021 10:45 pm

Does it matter in Australia? I mean, every time someone whispers “COVID”, you’re going to be locked down, requiring government permission to take a dump.

Coeur de Lion
December 14, 2021 1:09 am

Has anyone done a similar racist check on UK’s EV sales ?

Eric Vieira
December 14, 2021 1:24 am

There are not enough natural resources to convert the whole car fleet to EV’s. Only rich people can afford EV’s so one can count on an over 80% reduction of all private vehicles.
Wellness and prosperity for the elites. They don’t care about the rest.

Nick Haag
December 14, 2021 2:59 am

One could infer that Teslas are racist. Who knew?

TonyG
December 14, 2021 8:44 am

“an increase that obviously will hit hardest on the poor”
If it’s anything like inflation, according to Krugman it’s the rich who are hardest hit.

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