February 20, 2024

Team Biden Censors EV Truth

A leftist climate change organization seeks to get broadcasters from air ads exposing Joe Biden’s anti-fossil fuel agenda.

In Joe Biden’s ongoing war on fossil fuel, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to introduce new tailpipe emissions standards that will serve as a “de facto electric vehicle mandate.” That is the allegation made by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers in a recently launched ad campaign in a number of leading fossil fuel-producing states.

The EPA’s proposed standards are designed to restrict the sale of new gas-powered vehicles so as to effectively force the realization of its target of 67% of all new car sales being electric by 2032. The ultimate goal, of course, would be to end gas-powered vehicles entirely. As The New York Times reported last April, the EPA’s new rules “could put the nation on track to end sales of new gasoline-powered cars as soon as 2035.”

Of course, the Biden administration argues that the new EPA rules are needed to combat climate change. But as we and many others have repeatedly observed, EVs would have almost no impact on emissions levels while at the same time saddling Americans with a much more expensive and more limited vehicle.

In short, the reasoned and practical economic and scientifically sound objections don’t back up the Biden administration’s mad dash into green-dream dystopia.

But the Biden administration doesn’t want that message getting out to the American public and thereby delivering a dose of practical reality to its consumer-controlling agenda. Therefore, following the AFPM’s ad campaign, the Biden administration is calling foul via the leftist organization Climate Power.

In a letter sent to broadcasters in states where the AFPM is running its ad campaign, Climate Power ridiculously alleges that the “advertisements include obvious lies aimed at deceiving the public and must be pulled from the air immediately.” Furthermore, Climate Power warns that local broadcasters who don’t pull these ads risk having their licenses revoked by the Federal Communications Commission. The pretense? “Failure to prevent the airing of ‘false and misleading advertising’ may be ‘probative of an underlying abdication of licensee responsibility’ that can be cause for the loss of a station’s license.”

And what is supposedly “false and misleading” in AFPM’s ads? Well, according to Climate Power, which conveniently cites the Leftmedia outlet PolitiFact, it is “wrong to say there is a ‘Biden mandate’ to replace gasoline-powered cars with [electric vehicles].” The letter further observes, “The EPA does not have the authority to demand such a mandate.”

Yes, it is technically accurate to observe that the Biden administration, via the EPA, doesn’t have the power to mandate what vehicles people are allowed to buy. But that is a disingenuous dodge of the truth.

The issue is one of intent, which the Biden administration has made quite clear — to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles. The administration is acting toward this end by having the EPA impose its new and onerous tailpipe emissions regulations, which will effectively make gas-powered vehicles unaffordable for the vast majority of Americans. It’s a de facto mandate for EVs.

Meanwhile, the administration’s effort to engage in censorship of views that challenge its favored climate change narrative doesn’t stop with threatening local broadcasting stations. The White House recently teamed up with a leftist British online censorship advocacy group, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, in an effort to pressure Big Tech into censoring the so-called “New Denial” on climate change.

Hiding behind the claim of preventing “hate” and the dissemination of online “disinformation” regarding climate change, the CCDH is pressuring Big Tech companies “to update policies to keep up with new forms of climate crisis denial along with removing financial incentives, and reducing its reach and visibility.”

The goal of the CCDH is to prevent people from being able to challenge the Left’s narrative on climate change. You know, because challenging The Science™ should never be tolerated.

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