(edited Saturday 28th)
I got a Tweet yesterday from @pencilbloke with a link to an article in the ever well balanced Spectator written by a British corporate financial specialist with a focus on renewable energy investment, and not as I wrongly suggested, the Australian journalist Michael Ware.
This was a crass and stupid error on my part, a tiny bit of journalistic digging would have shown me the facts.
That said, I feel what I originally stated still stands.
The correct Mr Ware is of course a member of the British middle class and comes from a very privileged and comfortable part of the world and one can assume from his role in the financial sector, he's got a few quid.
Why do I need to mention that?
Because his furious rant really harps on about the stupidity, self-aggrandising and hypocritical nature of middle class people who... wait for it... drive electric cars.
Oh yawn. But wait, apparently he's a very keen proponent of renewable energy and tweets negative comments about the waste of energy in fossil burning cars. And yet he comes up with some fairly limp, crass, class based criticism of electric cars.
Mr Ware is nothing if not determined and wait, he’s got a new spin.
His wife’s ‘friend’ can’t afford an electric car and is a low paid worker paying tax and a larger electricity bill because Mr Ware’s very well paid ‘friend’ uses an electric car and charges it on a public charge post and doesn’t pay for the electricity.
Okay, good one. If we stretch our credulity to believe any of these ‘friends’ actually exist and a very wealthy man in Putney has an electric car but nowhere off the street to park it so he uses public charging posts of which there are precious few and always charges his car using such an arrangement, then without question he is very unusual.
That’s for starters, 99% of electric car owners charge their cars at home and pay for the electricity themselves, but hey, let’s not get bogged down in silly old facts.
What really annoys Mr Ware is ‘middle class’ people drive electric cars because they think they're ‘being green’ (not true but never mind) and of course (start the Clarksonian screaming) electric cars are dirtier than a fossil burners because...wait for it.... they have to carry a big battery....!
Yes, that's it, its not a misquote, they have to carry a big battery.
Then some more waffle about physics proving beyond doubt that Mr Ware was not paying much attention in science at School and then…. wait for it… the electricity is generated from burning fossils.
He then whines on like a spoilt kid about middle class people in Putney who drink wine and bottled water and stamps his little feet because ‘they’re so hypocritical’ thinking they are ‘being green’ by driving a massively heavy, inefficient, bloated and pointless electric car.
As every reader of the Spectator knows, electric cars are nowhere near as sensible as a fat Audi SUV parked half on the pavement in Putney because it’s too wide for our ancient streets, or indeed driving a 3 ton Range Rover down to the shops to pick up the papers.
I haven’t read a larger pile of misinformed, deliberately incorrect trash like this for a while, I found it rather refreshing that someone could still be bothered to rake up these tired old, 100% refuted arguments.
Interestingly I don’t feel smug driving an electric car, I feel guilty because it’s so much cheaper to run and I don’t have to worry about stopping at a garage and paying a massive amount of money to refuel it knowing a proportion of that money goes towards lobbying the government, maintaining the most powerful corporations on the planet and shoring up the most repressive, homophobic, medieval regimes on the planet.
You carry on Mr Ware, do not, for a moment look at the bigger picture, do not consider the 6,500 gigawatt hours of electricity a year the UK oil refining industry uses (figures from UN data statistics division) or any of the other myriad facts that slightly undermine every line of your tragic waffle.
I’m not posting a link to this tedious waffle, if you want to read it you can find it, but I have pinched the cartoon that went with it because it's quite funny.
Electric cars with the words 'green' and 'smug' written on the side and a riverside 'lithium mine' in the background, loads of them around Putney.
Very insightful and cutting.
A middle class, self-righteous, bottled water drinking electric car driver.
(edited Saturday 28th)