Today, my mother-in-law told me that Obama wants to ban black cars because they are not energy efficient. “Really?” I said, “that doesn’t sound right at all.”
It wasn’t right. At all. She heard it on Rush Limbaugh, that bloated canker sore of humanity. I know this because when I google “Obama bans black cars”, I get all kinds of foaming-at-the-mouth right wing cranks talking about what they heard on Limbaugh. So, I checked out the transcript of his radio show, and it’s obviously just another ridiculous smear that tries to tie Obama to random comments made by members of the California Air Resources Board. Of course, CARB doesn’t want to remove black as an option for all cars, not even all California cars, but Rush says it’s true so it must be right.
The truth is that they were bouncing around ideas for a more reflective paint. The idea, whether it was good or not, was to reduce some of the carbon dioxide emissions by cooling off the internal temperature of the car and lessening the need for air conditioning. Somebody at a meeting mentioned that “jet black” would be a problem because it absorbs too much light, and CARB later admitted this was an issue. Eventually, CARB decided that the technology for solar reflective paint would not be “cost effective” and dismissed the idea. At no point did CARB ever actually suggest banning a certain color of car. You can read all this at snopes.
I can’t stand hearing political propaganda from my in-laws. It really puts me in a situation where I have to choose between challenging them (bad for relations) or letting them stay misinformed (bad for the world). What should I do? Help.