Letter: The exact opposite of capitalism

In November, in anticipation of the closing of the Vail Daily’s purchase by Ogden Newspapers, I wondered how long the new owner would clutter the pages of his newly acquired newspaper with nonsensical drivel from Claire Noble.

Shortly after, Noble, a big government worshiper, announced that she would no longer write for the Vail Daily and pursue a new career, and of course, she went to work for, you guessed it, the government.

Even under new ownership, we are still left with Richard Carnes, who has been writing for far too long on subjects he knows nothing about.

His latest “I don’t want it, don’t get it” spree has you wondering if Ogden is serious about making a profit. This is the best they can print?

Carnes foolishly asserts that “electric vehicles are just the capitalist evolution of consumer transportation.” Nothing could be further from the truth. A simple Internet search would reveal to him that the government has imposed fuel economy standards and zero-emission vehicle credits on automakers and, ultimately, auto buyers.

ZEV credits work so that the government fines automakers for every internal combustion engine vehicle they sell and hands that money over to EV makers. So a single mom buying a minivan or a small business owner buying a work truck pays a few thousand extra dollars and that money is donated to electric vehicle makers like Tesla. Without ZEV credits and other government aid and grants, Tesla, for example, would not be where it is today.

To make matters worse, the federal government offers a refundable tax credit to anyone who buys an electric vehicle. These credits are financed by those who choose not to buy an electric vehicle.

In addition, liberal governments around the world continue to impose unachievable fuel economy standards on automakers, the costs of which are ultimately absorbed by auto buyers. Wondering why vehicles are so expensive?

Even today, the Renault CEO has warned that new EU emissions regulations could cost up to 70,000 jobs in Francealthough they bring little benefit in the fight against climate change.

Hey, Richard – that’s the exact opposite of capitalism. This is the very definition of a broken government.

Ogden, please, once again, let’s create a fun and informative community newspaper for our valley. Perhaps you could print fuel and grocery coupons in your journal instead of these silly thoughts.

Michael E. Wheeler


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