Daily Archives: June 24, 2015

NBER: Kill the Electric Car Subsidy; Electrics are Worse Than Gas Cars for the Environment

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Gruntington Post News (Not Parody This Time) – The National Bureau of Economic Research has released a study that makes it clear for the first time, officially, that the federal $7500 subsidy paid for each electric car sold is an environmental disaster. The report, released yesterday, is somewhat obscure in its analysis and language, but it is significant in that it represents an official admission that electric cars are almost always worse for the environment than gasoline-powered cars. It also calls for the current federal subsidy to be discontinued. These are both things that have motivated electric car critics for years.

model-s-review-620aOne of the conclusions of the study that is partially obscured by the complex ranking system employed, but that deserves emphasis, is that electric cars enjoy “environmental sainthood” only when the power plants generating the electricity are, themselves, “green.” While this is the case in places like Quebec, Canada, where much of the power is generated from clean hydroelectric sources, such is not the case in virtually the entire U.S., where almost all power is generated from coal or oil or natural gas. While the study gives electric cars a dubious bonus for “exporting” these emissions outside of urban areas, it admits that even this is no net gain for the planetary environment. In fact, the overall emissions are worse. So, next time you see a Prius or a Tesla on the road, feel free to call out “Planet Raper!!!” Read additional analysis at the Washington Examiner.

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The latest version of the popular “Spin-the-Pope” game features what Freedom Outpost cast as the “Pope’s New Inquisition: You Can’t Make Guns & Call Yourself a Christian.” Never MIND that most of the pontiff’s remarks that day were about HUMAN TRAFFICKING and never MIND that his specific comment about weapons manufacturing was aimed at arms dealers who FUND WARS FOR PROFIT.

The Left is all, “Yay! The pope is for gun control!”, while the Right is all, “Boo! The pope is against self-defense.”

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I really wish people would take his comments in the FULL CONTEXT of Catholic teaching. Take this gun thing, for example. Jesus never condemned soldiers. And the Catholic Catechism [2264] says,

“Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.”

The pontiff is also not stupid; he obviously knows his own Swiss Guards are heavily armed. Again from the Catholic Catechism [2265],

“Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.”

Jesus said some pretty wild stuff that, taken out of context, would make dramatic headlines too. For example, “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” [Matthew 5:30]  In context, this is a dramatic statement about the deadly, malignant nature of sin; out of context, it sounds like support for self-mutilation.

Some say Pope Francis should just shut up. Frankly, I find that really offensive. He’s my pastor. It’s his JOB to help Catholics like me apply Christ’s teachings in our highly politicized world. The fact that some of his statements can be spun OUT OF CONTEXT to support someone else’s agendas is not his fault. It’s the fault of those who ignore 99.99% of what he says and stands for, yet somehow feel justified in spinning the .01% to support their own agendas.

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