I was recently made aware of a new anti-Elon Musk attack ad that’s rather interesting (in a way) — the attack ad focusing primarily on “his taxpayer subsidized companies.” The “ad” seems to have involved a bit more work than one would expect of a random, bored “troll” on the internet, so one has to wonder if there was money involved?
At first guess, I’d say that it looks like the sort of thing that’s part of an AstroTurf campaign — though, who would be fronting the money in this case is a bit uncertain. Companies in the energy industry? Auto manufacturers? Space technology competitors?
As far as the video itself goes, while there’s something of truth to some of the points made in the video, similar points can be made about a majority of the larger companies out there nowadays — with subsidization having become a common reality in many industries over the last few decades (the fossil fuel industry being a notable example).
Nonetheless, the attack ad is interesting (i.e., funny), and is worth a watch in my opinion.
As noted on a Tesla Motors Club forum thread discussing the video, the video comes across as fairly “credible” (sounding)… with the exception perhaps of the comments about “filthy hippies.” That bit should probably have been left out (in my opinion). Perhaps that’s part of what’s contributed to the ratio of likes/dislikes? Though, that could simply be a side effect of the fact that Elon Musk has become a saint of sorts for those with an interest in “science” and “technology” — and nobody likes to hear their objects of worship being defamed.
Plus, the subsidies bit seems to come from an LA Times article that Elon has already thoroughly debunked. And it ignores the many societal benefits of EVs, and why they deserve our support (at least until we properly price carbon and air pollution).
(Thanks to “notAmeenPerson” on the Tesla Motors Club forums for this.)