The Musky smell of crony corporatism

In Climate Change, Economics, Energy, Environment, Life, People, Science, Technology, The Big Picture by E. Calvin Beisner0 Comments

So Elon Musk, gravely disappointed that President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the climate-irrelevant (full implementation throughout the century would reduce global temperature by only 0.17C) but outrageously expensive (full implementation would cost $70 to $140 trillion) Paris climate accord, has quit the President’s business advisory council.

Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, of course, had no special interest in whether the U.S. should stay in Paris. Of course not—not with his huge financial interest in high-end electric cars, electric storage batteries, and solar, none of which is economically competitive on a level playing field with internal combustion engines powered by gasoline or diesel. As of November 2015, Musk had enjoyed, or was scheduled to enjoy, some $4.9 billion in federal subsidies.

No, Mr. Musk is in it for the good of humanity.

Somebody hand me a hanky.

Dr. Beisner is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance; former Associate Professor of Historical Theology & Social Ethics, at Knox Theological Seminary, and of Interdisciplinary Studies, at Covenant College; and author of “Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry into the Environmental Debate” and “Prospects for Growth: A Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future.”

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