LA Times writer ’embarrassed’ to drive eco-friendly Tesla Musk

Former magazine editor John Blumenthal shared his concerns about Elon Musk owning Tesla as a liberal after Twitter was bought by the Los Angeles Times.

On Wednesday, “I bought a Tesla to help the environment. Under the caption, “Now I’m Ashamed to Drive It,” Blumenthal, who previously bought a Tesla to reduce his carbon emissions, wrote that he now regrets unwittingly supporting the Tesla owner. .

“With the recent revelation of Elon Musk’s political views, which I loathe, I’m starting to worry about what political statement the car is making. Will people see me as a symbol of right-wing environmentalism, a livelihood? oxymoron? Blumenthal asked.

He claimed that this fear was motivated by Musk’s goal of turning Twitter into an “uncontrolled playground for neo-Nazis and other random hate mongers and debaucherous followers of QAnon.”

The interior of the Tesla Model S dual-motor all-electric sedan is shown at the Brussels Motor Show on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.
(Photo: Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)


“When I bought the car, I had no real opinion about Musk’s somewhat vague political beliefs. Now that Musk has apparently veered to the far right, banning journalists from Twitter while rehabilitating neo-Nazis, I’m horrified to be associated with his brand. when I go anywhere,” Blumenthal wrote. “I don’t know if I should sell it, but I know I’m not comfortable driving it anymore.”

The article also revealed that Blumenthal’s motivation for buying into Tesla was largely political.”

“The car was impractical, but it had sentimental value. My environmental activist friends were not impressed with my persistent urban composting, LED light bulb installation, and energy saving appliances. I should have done more to reduce my carbon footprint. Icebergs were melting, my friends said, and at least one polar bear was wandering homeless and hungry because of me,” he wrote.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pictured as he attends a Tesla production launch. "Gigafactory" March 22, 2022 in Grünheide, southeast of Berlin.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pictured as he attends the start of production at Tesla’s Gigafactory on March 22, 2022 in Grünheide, southeast of Berlin.
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While Blumenthal admitted that “selling a used Tesla is hardly going to hurt the company,” he continued to wonder if he should come forward 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 car that showed my concern for the environment. But I’m a liberal, and unless Musk’s policies change radically. for the better, driving a Tesla, at least for me, will become as hypocritical and unnecessary as driving a gas car,” Blumenthal concluded.


The article was mocked on Twitter because Blumenthal justified his purchases as purely political.

“What I do is for social virtue signaling. Can anyone who is good at economics please help,” joked Pascal-Emmanuel Gobri of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy.

Daniel Butcher, Executive Vice President of the American Conservation Coalition, wrote: “It’s a shame people still think that way.”

“I’m beside myself with the idea of ​​a ‘Hey, looka me’ electric car purchased solely out of concern for the environment,” tweeted Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Williams.

The logo of car maker Tesla is seen at a branch in Bern, Switzerland, on October 28, 2020.

The logo of car maker Tesla is seen at a branch in Bern, Switzerland, on October 28, 2020.
(REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

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“You just have to get a car without the toxic historical baggage like a Ford or Volkswagen,” joked podcast host Coleman Hughes.

“I’m sorry your plan to assuage climate guilt with a car that demonstrates your concern for the environment didn’t work out. But if you really want to stick it to Elon, try riding the bus,” wrote New York Magazine writer Alyssa Walker.

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