You won’t believe why environmentalists are blaming Mr. Bean for slowing EV sales

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The world is starting to second guess the push for electric cars the government is trying to push on them.

As more people realize the vehicles are more expensive and less reliable than gas powered cars, sales have virtually halted, and leftists are scrambling to find someone to blame.

And now they are turning their wrath on the goofy comedian Mr. Bean for the demise of EVs.

Rowan Atkinson gets the blame

Famous actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson is most well-known for his role as the beloved Mr. Bean.

But Atkinson was just under fire by the British House of Lords during its environment and climate change committee meeting.

A think tank called Green Alliance discussed the main obstacles the government faces in its attempt to try and push gas-powered vehicles out of the market and bring electric vehicles in before 2035.

The group pointed to a newspaper column that Atkinson wrote, which was published in June 2023, claiming that he harmed the narrative.

Green Alliance wrote a letter stating, “One of the most damaging articles was a comment piece written by Rowan Atkinson in The Guardian which has been roundly debunked. Unfortunately, fact checks never reach the same breadth of audience as the original false claim, emphasizing the need to ensure high editorial standards around the net zero transition.”

The headline for Atkinson’s piece read: “I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped.”

In the piece, Atkinson said that EVs were “a bit soulless” and criticized their use of lithium-ion batteries.

The actor also suggested that drivers keep their current cars for longer periods of time, and eventually, the increased use of synthetic fuel would eliminate the need for EVs.

He wrote, “Increasingly, I’m feeling that our honeymoon with electric cars is coming to an end, and that’s no bad thing.”

Atkinson also stated that greenhouse gas emissions created to produce EVs were 70 percent higher than those used to make gas-powered vehicles, thanks to the use of lithium-ion batteries.

“They’re absurdly heavy, huge amounts of energy are required to make them, and they are estimated to last only upwards of 10 years. It seems a perverse choice of hardware with which to lead the automobile’s fight against the climate crisis,” he added.

Some fought back against Atkinson

A week after Atkinson’s piece was published, The Guardian fought back by using commentary from Simon Evans, the deputy editor and senior policy editor of the climate news site, Carbon Brief.

Evans wrote that “Atkinson’s biggest mistake is his failure to recognize that electric vehicles already offer significant global environmental benefits, compared with combustion-engine cars.”

Some also used Atkinson’s opinion to say that he was “misleading” people and that this was partly to blame for the slowdown in EV sales.

During the environment and climate change committee meeting, other challenges cited included not having enough charging points, the higher cost of EVs, and “a lack of clear and consistent messaging from the government.”

UK data reveals that electric vehicles made up just one-quarter of new vehicle purchases for 2023, and it’s highly unlikely that Rowan Atkinson is to blame.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.