How Many Progressives Have Been Duped By Anti-Tesla, Anti-EV Propaganda? | CleanTechnica
Another thing to remember: Dozens of oil & gas billionaires, automotive billionaires, and coal billionaires are under threat from the electric vehicle and solar energy revolution. Legacy billionaires in those industries tend to spend a lot of money trying to shape public opinion and trying to destroy or defame their enemies. Who is enemy #1 for them? Think about it for a minute.
If you look around the cleantech revolution bunkers, there are a lot of leaders. There are a lot of people working to cut pollution from many sources in many ways. However, one face stands above the crowd. Actually, in the energy sector as well as the transport sector as a whole, it seems one face now stands out above every other face. But you don’t even have to take my Cleantech-Kool-Aid word for it. In that Forbes article linked above about “The 93 Global Billionaires In Oil And Energy,” the lead image was a photo of Elon Musk.
So, public target #1 for those opposed to and threatened by cleantech is obvious — Elon Musk. But how do you expect oil, gas, and coal barons to respond to him. How do you expect billionaires like the Koch brothers, Trump buddy Robert Murray, and Trump buddy Carl Icahn (who is reportedly the person who selected Scott Pruitt to head of the EPA) to respond? Do you think they’d only encourage their base to hate Elon Musk? No, if you want to take a public image down, you have to go after the people in the middle, or even the public figure’s own supporters and likely supporters.
The fossil fuel industry has killed EV’s multiple times in the past and torn up all mass transit systems across the US after buying them up, to privatize them.
Their goal? To keep their MONOPOLY in place.