Will Elon Musk come to the rescue or will the dastardly Koch Brothers kill the electric car once and for all?
The Koch brothers, world renowned Good Samaritans and one-time sponsors of NOVA (the PBS science program), are now being linked to a new initiative: slaying the electric car, for once and for all. Alongside Charles Drevna, former president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, the lovable duo will be spending approximately $10 million a year to “boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles.”
According to an article published this morning by The Huffington Post, the currently nameless group will be producing advertisements and research that promote “pro-petroleum transportation messages,” and attack subsidies for electric cars. In case you didn’t know—right now, the federal government will issue a $7,500 tax credit to anyone who purchases an electric vehicles, and you can get an additional credit depending on the state you’re in. Massachusetts, for instance, offers a $2,500 rebate. Louisiana’s ranges between $6,900 and $9,500 depending on the type of battery your car uses.
The Institute for Energy Research, a related group, has already attacked Tesla. You’ll be seeing new anti-EV messages this spring.