Former magazine editor John Blumenthal shared his concerns through the Los Angeles Times about owning a Tesla as a liberal following Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
In Wednesday’s piece titled “I Bought a Tesla to Help the Environment. Now I’m Embarrassed to Drive It,” Blumenthal, who had previously bought a Tesla to reduce his carbon emissions, wrote that he now felt remorse for supporting Tesla- the owner unintentionally.
“Because of the recent revelation of Elon Musk’s political views – all of which I detest – I’m starting to worry about what kind of political statement the car will make. Will people see me as a symbol of right-wing environmentalism, a livelihood oxymoron?”[ads1]; Blumenthal asked.
He insisted that this arrest was motivated by Musk’s goal of turning Twitter into an “unmonitored playground for neo-Nazis and other random hatemongers and wackadoodle QAnon followers.”
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“When I bought the car, I had no real opinion of Musk’s somewhat murky political beliefs. Now that Musk has apparently veered to the far right — banning journalists from Twitter while reinstating neo-Nazis — I’m horrified to be associated with his brand. drives anywhere,” Blumenthal wrote. “I don’t know if I’m going to sell, but I know I’m not as comfortable driving it anymore.”
The article also revealed that Blumenthal’s motivation for buying a Tesla in it was primarily motivated by politics.”
“The car was impractical, but it had sentimental value. My environmentalist friends weren’t impressed with my dogged urban composting, LED bulb installations, and energy-saving appliances. I needed to do more to reduce my carbon footprint. The icebergs were melting, my friends said, and at least one polar bear wandered around homeless and hungry because of me,” he wrote.
While Blumenthal acknowledged that “the sale of a used Tesla was unlikely to result in a blip for the company,” he continued to wonder if he was acting as “a form of protest.”
“It’s a beautifully designed car with no carbon emissions, and at first I was proud to own it and be seen driving a vehicle that showed my concern for the environment. But I’m a liberal, and if Musk’s policies don’t change radically for the better will driving a Tesla become, at least for me, as hypocritical and unsustainable as driving a gas guzzler was,” concluded Blumenthal.
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The piece was ridiculed on Twitter because Blumenthal based his purchases on purely political motivations.
“Everything I do is to signal social virtue. Can someone who is good at economics help me,” joked Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Executive Vice President of the American Conservation Coalition Danielle Butcher wrote, “It’s embarrassing that people still believe this.”
“I’m looking at the idea of a ‘Hey, look at me’ electric car procured solely for the sake of the environment,” Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Williams tweeted.
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“You should just get a car without toxic historical baggage, like a Ford or a Volkswagen,” joked podcast host Coleman Hughes.
“Sorry your plan to buy off your climate debt with a vehicle that shows you care about the environment didn’t work! But if you really want to stick it to Elon, try taking the bus,” wrote New York Magazine writer Alissa Walker .