Australian politics spawns a thousand memes. Our beloved former prime minister fondled a lump of coal in federal parliament, and likewise declared that electrical automobiles would damage your weekend as a result of they couldn’t tow a tinnie (small boat). That remark alone gave start to the Fb web page “I Ruined the Weekend.”
Scott Morrison and the Conservatives have been soundly crushed on the poll field. Unusually although, his comrades appear to nonetheless be pushing the slogans that led to their loss. When does a lie develop into so ludicrous that it’s important to get a brand new one? Just lately, Sussan Ley MP mentioned there was no such factor as an electrical ute. Grant you, there are none in Australia, however she meant globally. “And nobody on the planet is making an electrical ute, by the way in which, and even when they have been, it could be unaffordable.
Sussan is opposition spokesperson for small enterprise in addition to trade, expertise, and commerce. She served within the earlier authorities and famously declared she held no duty for the well being of youngsters when approving the growth of a coal mine.
One other conservative federal politician, Senator Matt Canavan, joined the refrain of defeated FUDders by declaring the outdated lie that EVs take extra vitality than fossil gas automobiles. And doubling down with the declare the grid continues to be primarily powered coal (which it isn’t) and evaluating lifetime driving with a yearly whole.
Please notice that his argument is initially primarily based on an unprovable anecdote, after which he goes on to cite a legendary report, and finally concludes with doubtful use of arithmetic. (I’d love to put in writing his report card.)
In fact there’s the same old bashing: “Why then is there such a deal with subsidising electrical automobiles? For a lot of, electrical automobiles have develop into the most recent technique to sign their advantage. An electrical automotive could not cool the planet however they heat the hearts of the nicely to do, responsible about their bountiful existence.… There isn’t any environmental case to take taxes paid by low-paid employees to subsidise the ineffective client habits of the wealthy.”
In contrast to the USA, no Australian state or territory has opposed the EV uptake in my nation. All state governments are providing inducements. A few of these governments are even conservative — belonging to the identical get together as Ley and Canavan. So, why are defeated federal politicians nonetheless beating this drum?
Why will we pay these people who find themselves quickly marching backwards into irrelevance, holding on to their outdated lies?
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