Anonymous, a scandalous group of hackers, attacks Tesla and Elon Musk in a new video that uses so much misinformation that it looks like it could be produced by the fossil fuel industry.
Tesla and Elon Musk are no strangers to defamation campaigns and misinformation.
It usually comes from the automotive or fossil fuel industry, which is trying to maintain the status quo and continue to profit from its polluting products for as long as it can.
Now they face a different adversary: Anonymous.
Anonymous is often described as a decentralized “hacktivist” group. He is best known for his cyberattacks against government agencies and other institutions, but has now apparently spotted Tesla and Elon Musk.
The group released a new video through a verified Youtube channel, in which they addressed Elon Musk directly:
In the video, Anonymous uses several of the same arguments that the fossil fuel industry has used for years to reject electric vehicles and Tesla.
One of the main arguments, anonymous, put forward in the video is the same that the EV community has been hearing for years: “Tesla is involved in government subsidies.”
This is an unpleasant statement that Tesla’s detractors have been making for years. Yes, it is true that Tesla, like any other electric car maker, benefits from government incentives for electric vehicles.
But these incentives are there to take into account the positive effect that electric cars have on the environment compared to their petrol-powered counterparts.
This is a problem mainly in the United States, where subsidies take the form of direct incentives to purchase electric vehicles. In other countries, such as Norway, this is not seen as a problem, as the government instead correctly taxes petrol and petrol-powered cars in others to account for the costs they have for health and the environment.
In the United States, the opposite is true. Fossil fuels are heavily subsidized, while subsidies received by electric vehicles represent only a small fraction of what the fossil fuel industry has been receiving for years, even before accounting for the financial costs of pollution from fossil fuel products.
Anonymous said in the video:
“In fact, many people are now learning that most of Tesla’s income doesn’t actually come from car sales, but from government subsidies.”
This is actually wrong. Again, Anonymous seems to be careless here, and they may have meant “net income” or “profit” instead of “income.”
Then the statement becomes a little more accurate, but even then it is completely ridiculous, as it does not take into account the fact that Tesla makes a significant gross margin on its vehicles without subsidies, but invests a lot of money to speed up production to speed up production. the adoption of EV.
This leads to lower net income and therefore, yes, sales of ZEV loans represent a significant part of the profit.
However, it is important to note that these ZEV loans are not repaid with public money. In fact, the money comes from other car manufacturers who are not as quick to make electric vehicles.
Anonymous also claims that Tesla employees have “faced unbearable conditions under Musk’s command for years.”
While it is true that Tesla is known for pressuring its employees hard and has a “mission first” culture, it is important to note that Tesla already has over 70,000 employees worldwide.
It is impossible to please each of them and even the best company, with the best culture and the best human resources, there will still be several bad cases of harassment of employees.
In the video, Anonymous also claims that Tesla and Elon Musk have “small children working in their overseas lithium mines.”
This is complete bullshit. First, neither Tesla nor Elon Musk own or operate lithium mines. Tesla has suppliers that operate lithium mines, but they are mostly located in Australia and Chile and there is no evidence that they employ children.
When he makes this statement, Anonymous is actually displaying a screenshot of a click-through article from The Sunday Times.
The article is behind a paid wall, and it seems that Anonymous’s hacking skills are not enough to stand behind it, because if they had read it, they would have understood that the article is not about lithium, but about cobalt. Despite its title, it does not trace any connection between the extraction of cobalt from children and Tesla or Elon Musk.
However, it is true that some cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are known to use child laborers.
This is a serious problem, which is why every serious company using cobalt-based batteries, including Tesla, uses strict supply chain checks to make sure that no supplier is using raw materials from these mines.
Tesla regularly publishes conflicting mineral reports discussing the issue.
In addition, the company is moving to battery cells that use less and end up without cobalt.
Where things start to sound like Anonymous is trying to troll with the video is when they mention that Musk is “open to his readiness to stage a coup to install dictators where Tesla’s toxic products are mined.”
This insane claim seems to be a reference to when Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia, made a completely unfounded claim that Tesla and Elon Musk were staging a coup in his country to secure local supplies of lithium.
There is no evidence that Tesla and Musk have anything to do with the company involved in the situation, but Musk jokingly said, “They will overthrow whomever they want,” in response to the madness of this claim.
This was probably an unreasonable comment, but it certainly did not in any way acknowledge that he or Tesla had anything to do with what had happened to Morales in Bolivia.
In short, Anonymous’s attack on Tesla and Musk is full of poorly studied points, which are misinformation that the fossil fuel industry has been trying to push through for years.
The fact that they have fallen for the misinformation and now even insist on it themselves is disappointing.
The video has already garnered over 2 million views and over 67,000 likes on just 4,000 dislikes. Please share this article to counter this misinformation.
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