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The 2022 NBA Draft has come to an end. How did your team fare on Thursday night?

Orlando Magic — Grade: B

No. 1: Paolo Banchero, F, Duke, Freshman

No. 32: Caleb Houstan, F, Michigan, Freshman

It’s hard to overstate the risk Orlando took in selecting Banchero first. This is a franchise that’s been essentially irrelevant for over a decade, swimming against the conventional wisdom with a decision that could make or break its future. Maybe it ends up working out in their favor. But it’s a hard sell when Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren, two players who look like far surer things, were sitting on the board. Houstan, who underperformed drastically at Michigan, was a reach at 32 as well.

Oklahoma City Thunder — Grade: B+

No. 2: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga, Freshman

No. 11: Ousmane Dieng, F, New Zealand Breakers

No. 12: Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara, Junior

No. 34: Jaylin Williams, C, Arkansas, Sophomore

It’s tough to argue with Holmgren second overall, and Williams at 12 is just fine. Trading up for Dieng, a pretty big question mark at No. 11, is the decision that we don’t quite understand on Oklahoma City’s end. Dieng has some athleticism to his game, but that’s a move that could look bad in the future, and it lowers the grade here. Still, Holmgren is a potentially foundational player, and sets the floor for this group high.

The prospects who were at the Barclays Center for the 2022 NBA Draft.
The prospects who were at the Barclays Center for the 2022 NBA Draft.
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Houston Rockets — Grade: A

No. 3: Jabari Smith, F, Auburn, Freshman

No. 17: Tari Eason, F, LSU, Sophomore

No. 29: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky, Freshman

The Rockets come out of this draft as the night’s big winners. No one thought Jabari Smith would fall to them with the third overall pick, but the Magic’s selection of Banchero first overall made this an easy call for GM Rafael Stone. Smith should be an instant impact player, and the Rockets now have two long-term pieces of their core with him and Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick last year. Eason and Washington are two solid players as well.

Sacramento Kings — Grade: B

No. 4: Keegan Murray, F, Iowa, Sophomore

No. 37: Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite

A graphic made its way around Twitter on Thursday showing recent picks by Sacramento that turned out poorly, with the pick afterwards being a superstar. Murray is a solid player, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll fail at the next level. But taking him one pick above Ivey — who was better in the Big Ten last season — brings similar vibes.

Jaden ivey gets emotional alongside his mom after getting drafted by the Pistons.
Jaden ivey gets emotional alongside his mom after getting drafted by the Pistons.
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Detroit Pistons — Grade: A

No. 5: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue, Sophomore

No. 13 : Jalen Duren, C, Memphis, Freshman

No. 36: Gabriele Procida, G, Fortitudo Bologna

The only thing keeping this from being higher is that we can’t know what GM Troy Weaver turned down from teams that wanted to trade for Ivey, including the Knicks. What we do know, though, is that getting Ivey fifth overall is something of a coup. The Purdue product has great physical ability and should form a strong duo alongside Cade Cunningham in Detroit’s backcourt. Adding Duren at the relatively low cost of future picks and Kemba Walker’s contract makes the Pistons the big winners of the night.

Indiana Pacers — Grade: B+

No. 6: Benedict Mathurin, F, Arizona, Sophomore

No. 31: Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga, Senior

No. 48: Kendall Brown, SF, Baylor, Freshman

The Pacers didn’t do anything to drastically change their ceiling for next season, but they made two solid picks in Mathurin and Nembhard. Neither projects to be superstars, but Mathurin will be able to play right away and Nembhard is a high-floor guard. It’s hard not to come away satisfied, though Indiana’s offseason has yet to take shape if a Malcolm Brogdon trade is still in the works.

Portland Trail Blazers — Grade: B

No. 7: Shaedon Sharpe, G/F, Kentucky, Freshman

No. 57: Jabari Walker, PF, Colorado, Sophomore

Someone was always going to take a swing on Sharpe in the top-10, and it’s tough to predict how that will play out. The ability is very much there for the Kentucky product, who was the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 before reclassifying, but he didn’t step onto the floor with the Wildcats last season. Exactly what you make of this pick, then, depends how you weigh Sharpe’s potential versus the inability to know what he might make of it.

New Orleans Pelicans — Grade: B+

No. 8: Dyson Daniels, G, G-League Ignite

No. 41: E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State, Junior

No. 52: Karlo Matkovic, PF, Mega Mozzart

Daniels should help a team that left something to be desired on the defensive end last season. At 6-foot-7, Daniels can defend the perimeter and get out in transition, though there are some very real question marks around his shooting. Nabbing Liddell at No. 41 overall is a steal. The Ohio State product improved each year he was in school, can switch on defense and shoot it from three. He’ll be a productive NBA player.

San Antonio Spurs — Grade: A-

No. 9: Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor, Freshman

No. 20: Malaki Branham, SG/SF, Ohio State, Freshman

No. 25: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame, Freshman

It’s tough to have three first-round picks and come out with anything other than a productive night. All three players are works in progress, but Sochan projects as a plus defender, and both Branham and Wesley can score. The Spurs are a team that you intrinsically trust to develop players well. Maybe that results in too much of a cushion in an exercise like this, but the track record speaks for itself.

Washington Wizards — Grade: B

No. 10: Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin, Sophomore

No. 54: Yannick Nzosa, C, Unicaja Malaga

Davis had a breakout season with the Badgers and earned his spot here, but it’s still a little hard to see him as an NBA star. A lot of his game was predicated on making tough shots from the midrange off the dribble. Is that something that can translate to the next level, and if it can, is it particularly desirable in the modern NBA? He should be more efficient in an offense that isn’t relying on him so heavily, but we’re not quite so sure about taking him this high.

New York Knicks — Grade: B+

No. 42: Trevor Keels, SF, Duke, Freshman

Keels is very much an aside for the Knicks, who made waves early in the night by trading out of the 11th pick, sending it to the Thunder, then getting rid of Kemba Walker’s contract in a three-team deal with the Hornets and Pistons, reaping future assets along the way. The moves didn’t seem especially popular with fans, but those are often the kinds of trades that good teams make. The Knicks now have a slew of draft assets going forward and further salary cap space to pursue Jalen Brunson in free agency.

Mark Williams shakes Adam Silver's hand after getting drafted by the Hornets.
Mark Williams shakes Adam Silver’s hand after getting drafted by the Hornets.
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Charlotte Hornets — Grade: C+

No. 15: Mark Williams, C, Duke, Freshman

No. 40: Bryce McGowens, SG, Nebraska, Freshman

Getting some assets for the 13th pick was a solid enough move from Charlotte, especially given the Hornets ended up with a center just two picks after Jalen Duren was dealt to Detroit. Still, it feels like between themselves, the Knicks and the Pistons — the three teams involved in the Duren trade — Charlotte came out of Thursday night with the least to be excited about. Williams should be a starting center in the NBA, but his ceiling isn’t especially high and the Hornets didn’t come away with a slew of future assets like the Knicks.

Cleveland Cavaliers — Grade: B+

No. 14: Ochai Agbaji, SG/SF, Kansas, Senior

No. 39: Khalifa Diop, C, Gran Canaria

No. 49: Isaiah Mobley, PF, USC, Junior

No. 56: Luke Travers, SG, Perth

The Cavs went the high-floor, lower-ceiling route with Agbaji in the first round, which is hard to knock for a team that already has much of its core in place. Agbaji was a four-year player at Kansas and the best player on a team that just won a national championship. He should be just fine in the NBA. As for their three second-round picks, if one turns into a rotation player, it would be a win — that’s just how things go that late in the draft.

Atlanta Hawks — Grade: B+

No. 16: A.J. Griffin, SG/SF, Duke, Freshman

No. 51: Tyrese Martin, SF, UConn, Senior

If Griffin can stay healthy and play to his potential, the Hawks might have just gotten a backcourt partner for Trae Young who can eventually help them get to the next level. A lot has to happen for that scenario to come to fruition, but Griffin certainly has upside. He can create off the dribble and shoot the hell out of the ball, with a 44.7 percent mark from three last season, though injury issues hung over his last two high school seasons.

Dalen Terry could be a draft steal by the Bulls.
Dalen Terry could be a draft steal by the Bulls.
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Chicago Bulls — Grade: A-

No. 18: Dalen Terry, SG/SF, Arizona, Sophomore

This could end up being the steal of the night. Terry’s shooting is a question mark, but he projects as a good two-way player who can make his teammates better. He won’t be a superstar at the next level, but he can defend, create with the ball in his hands and is athletic.

Minnesota Timberwolves — Grade: B+

No. 22: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn, Sophomore

No. 26: Wendell Moore, SG/SF, Duke, Junior

No. 45: Josh Minott, PF, Memphis, Freshman

No. 50: Matteo Spagnolo, PG, Cremona

It’s more than possible that Kessler eventually gets played off the floor in a playoff series due to his lumbering size and inability to stay with anyone on the perimeter. It’s also more than possible that he’s instantly one of the league’s better shot blockers at the rim. That’s a trade Minnesota should be just fine with making for the time being, and you could do much worse with the 22nd pick. If Kessler turns into an elite shot blocker and starting center who has some issues in the postseason, that’s a win. Moore, too, should be a decent 3-and-D wing.

Denver Nuggets — Grade: C+

No. 21: Christian Braun, SG/SF, Kansas, Junior

No. 30: Peyton Watson, SG/SF, UCLA, Freshman

No. 46: Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris

It’s a little tough to get excited here. Braun is a solid player who should be able to stick in Denver’s rotation — he can shoot off the catch and has some impressive speed in transition. Watson struggled to crack the rotation at UCLA last season and will take time to develop. All told, it feels like the Nuggets could have done a bit more with two first-round picks, even if they came later on.

Memphis Grizzlies — Grade: B

No. 19: Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest, Junior

No. 23: David Roddy, F, Colorado State, Junior

No. 38: Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee, Freshman

No. 47: Vince Williams Jr., SF, VCU, Senior

It’s a little tough to know what to make of LaRavia, who played two seasons at Indiana State before bursting onto the scene at Wake Forest last season. The Grizzlies, though, are in a position where they can afford to take upperclassmen closer to the end of their growth curve. That’s just what they did in LaRavia and Roddy, an undersized ‘4’ who can create off the dribble. Both picks could end up looking like reaches over the long term, but if Memphis has two more rotation players to put next to Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., it’ll be happy.

Milwaukee Bucks — Grade: B

No. 24: MarJon Beauchamp, PF, G League Ignite

No. 58: Hugo Besson, PG, New Zealand Breakers

Beauchamp has an incredible backstory, going from Yakima Valley Community College to the Ignite, but there are some concerns over his game. His shot needs work, as does his ball-handling. But he is a plus defender and athlete, with an impressive work ethic. He’s also as easy to root for as anyone who was picked on Thursday night.

Miami Heat — Grade: B+

No. 27: Nikola Jovic, F, Mega Basket

This was a bit of a swing from the Heat with their only pick of the night, but if you’re going to take a swing, the 27th pick is a solid time to do it. Jovic has a high ceiling as an offensive player, with good passing and shooting ability. He’s got some issues to sort through on the defensive end, but this late in the first round, you could do much worse.

Golden State Warriors — Grade: B-

No. 28: Patrick Baldwin Jr., SG/SF, Milwaukee, Freshman

No. 44: Ryan Rollins, SG, Toledo, Sophomore

No. 55: Gui Santos, SF, Minas

Coming off a championship, the Warriors can afford to take a risk, but Baldwin is a big one. The Milwaukee product fell flat in a situation where he should have dominated as a top-10 recruit coming into a mid-major school. The talent exists, and Baldwin did deal with an injury last season, so you can see the logic in grabbing him late in the first round. The Warriors have a good player development pedigree, and they’ll be relying on it to get the most out of Baldwin. Rollins at 44 is a solid roll of the dice.

Toronto Raptors — Grade: B

No. 33: Christian Koloko, PF/C, Arizona, Junior

The Raptors weren’t looking to reinvent the wheel here, and Koloko is just fine as the 33rd pick. The Arizona product projects as a rim-runner who can play in the paint on both ends and block some shots. If he turns into a rotation player, that’s a win with the 33rd pick, and he looks capable of doing so.

Max Christie does an interview after being drafted by the Lakers.
Max Christie does an interview after being drafted by the Lakers.
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Los Angeles Lakers — Grade: B

No. 35: Max Christie, SG, Michigan State, Freshman

Christie had a solid claim as the best player on an underwhelming Michigan State team last season, and could be a good 3-and-D player at the next level. He shot well off the catch last season and defended well enough given how much he was asked to do. He’s got a long way to go in his development, though, and needs to gain strength. Don’t expect him to be in the rotation regularly next season.

Dallas Mavericks — Grade: B

No. 37: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite

The Mavericks traded into the draft to land the former five-star recruit. Hardy at 37 is a high-upside play that could pay off down the line for Dallas, though do not expect the streaky shooter to see a lot of playing time early in his career for a team with championship aspirations.

Los Angeles Clippers — Grade: B

No. 43: Moussa Diabate, PF, Michigan, Freshman

Diabate is very much a project, but one that’s as much worth a flier at 43 as any. At 6-foot-10, 210 pounds, the Frenchman very much needs to gain some muscle to fill out his frame, but if he does so, has the kind of athleticism that could make a difference. He had some encouraging flashes for the Wolverines last season, but might have benefitted from another year in Ann Arbor. Still, if the Clippers can develop him, he has the kind of talent to make a lot of teams look bad.

Boston Celtics — Grade: B

No. 53: JD Davison, PG, Alabama, Freshman

With the 53rd pick, you’re essentially throwing darts based on potential. Davison, a former five-star recruit, is a solid vehicle for that, even if he’s got a long way to go in his development. It would be a surprise to see him do much of anything this season, but down the line, his quickness and downhill ability could turn into something.

No pick: Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers


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Super PACs target AOC-backed ‘defund the police’ NY candidates

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Two political action committees bankrolled by New York business interests are waging a hard-hitting $1 million counteroffensive to defeat “defund the police” state Assembly candidates running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary races.

The related Super PACs — Common Sense New Yorkers and Voters of New York — have sent out mailers attacking the lefty candidates as soft on crime and are engaging in an 11th-hour “get out the vote” effort through robocalls, text messaging and other canvassing, said Jeff Leb, the treasurer of both groups.

“We are specifically running independent campaigns against socialist candidates who have declared publicly and privately that they want to defund the police,” said Leb.

“We have done multiple polls that confirm that across NYC and NYS regardless of the neighborhood or the district, public safety is the number one issue of concern to Democratic voters,” he added.

The candidates targeted by the groups are backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens), the left-wing Working Families Party and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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The Super PACs are targeting candidates who support defunding the police.
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Leb said his groups will conduct a similar campaign to bolster pro-safety candidates in state Senate primaries in August.

At least three mailers have targeted insurgent Jonathan Soto — a former AOC staffer endorsed by the socialist congresswoman and the WFP — who is running against veteran Assembly incumbent Michael Benedetto in The Bronx.

“Don’t vote for Jonathan Soto. He’s Too Extreme for the Bronx,” said one mailer, which described the “defund” challenger as a “dangerous, reckless, socialist.”

One mailer targets former AOC staffer Jonathan Soto who the PAC describes as “too extreme.”
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The PACs have also run attack ads against insurgent Jessica Altagracia Woolford, who is running against veteran Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz in the northwest Bronx Assembly District 81 covering Riverdale, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood and Woodlawn; and Samy Nemir Olivares, who is seeking to topple incumbent Erik Dilan in Brooklyn’s District 54, covering Bushwick and Cypress Hills.

Benedetto, who is not connected to the independent groups, on Sunday welcomed their campaign.

“They accurately point out that my opponent wants to defund the police. I’m not for that all. I happen to be in the same political camp as Joe Biden,” said Benedetto, who received a donation from the New York State Troopers PAC.

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The groups claim that public safety is the number one issue for New York voters.
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“They realize [Soto] is a radical who is out of step with the mainstream. We don’t want that.”

Soto on Sunday sought to turn the tables, saying Benedetto is backed by “Trump Republicans” who are sending attack mailers “distracting voters from what’s actually being defunded, our schools!”

Mayor Eric Adams has endorsed the more moderate Benedetto, and donated to his campaign in the ongoing proxy war with Ocasio-Cortez over the direction of New York’s Democratic Party.

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The groups are also targeting Jessica Altagracia Woolford who is running for state Assembly in the Bronx.
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The Adams-affiliated Striving for a Better New York gave Benedetto $4,700 work in mid-June, state BOE records show.

The AOC-backed Courage to Change PAC, meanwhile, donated $4,700 to Soto and cut four-figure checks to seven other lefty candidates in recent weeks, including challengers running against incumbents Dilan, Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster) and Nikki Lucas (D-Brooklyn) in the state Assembly, records show.

Dilan’s father is former longtime state Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Dilan, who lost a 2018 primary to the DSA-backed Julia Salazar.

The younger Dilan received a $4,700 check of his own from A.J.W. Properties Management and $2,000 from a PAC associated with state realtors, in addition to at least $13,000 more in donations from other labor and trade groups in recent weeks.

As for the two pro-law and order Super PACs, campaign finance records show Voters of New York received four donations from real estate and financial interest in recent weeks totaling $250,000.

Silverstein Properties gave $50,000 while Thomas Tuft, a former chairman of the Global Capital Markets Group at Goldman Sachs chipped in $25,000. Anel Holding Group and Broadwest Group 3 LLC contributed $100,000 and $75,000 respectively, according to campaign finance filings.

More than $100,000 in these donations went to just two entities – Live Media Productions LLC of lower Manhattan and Albany Marketing Solutions just blocks from the state Capitol, according to campaign records.

Both companies also received dozens of payments totaling a similar amount from Common Sense New York in recent days, records show.

Donors to this group include a litany of limited liability companies representing real estate and financial interests. The family-owned United American Land gave $100,000. Venture capitalist Lisa Blau gave $50,000, according to records.

The insurance industry and other trade groups have dumped $6,000 on Cahill, who chairs the Assembly Insurance Committee, as he battles back a challenge from the DSA and WFP-backed Sarahan Shrestha.

Shrestha also got $4,700 from the AOC-backed PAC on June 24, records state. 


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Duke assistant sees NBA starter in Knicks’ pick Trevor Keels

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The Knicks traded out of the first round on draft night, but they may have landed a player with the upside of a first-round pick. At least, that’s what Chris Carrawell believes the Knicks have in Trevor Keels.

The one-and-done guard had an up-and-down season with the Blue Devils, averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds, but the former five-star recruit was still projected by some to find his way into the first round. That didn’t happen, and the Knicks ended up selecting him with the No. 42 overall pick in the draft.

“I think he’s a starter [in the NBA],” Carrawell, the Duke assistant coach, told The Post in a phone interview on Sunday. “It’s harder when you’re a second-round pick, but he’s only 18. If he stays with it, and gets an opportunity and improves, I compare him to Marcus Smart.

“In a year [if he stayed in school] he would’ve been a potential lottery pick and guaranteed first-round pick for sure. Potential is there. … I think the Knicks got a steal.”

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The Knicks selected Duke product Trevor Keels in the 2022 NBA Draft.
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Carrawell singled out two needed areas of improvement for the 6-foot-5 Keels to develop into a solid NBA player. One of the youngest players in the draft, the Clinton, Md. native has to improve his perimeter jump shot — Keels shot just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc for Duke this past season — and he has to get into better shape. Keels registered 13.5 percent body fat at the draft combine, the fourth highest of the 76 players there.

“These guys come in, they’re 17, 18 years old, in college for the first time. No matter how much we talk to them about nutrition, things you gotta eat, they’re still college kids,” Carrawell said. “They’re going to still stay up late, they’re going to play video games, they’re going to hang out with their classmates, their teammates. He has the body type that you have to watch what you eat, make sure you’re putting in the work, which he does. But he’s still young. I didn’t pay attention to those things when I was 22. In time, once he learns, he can do it.”

Off the bat, Keels’ best asset is his competitive fire and on-court desire. He was one of Duke’s most intense players and, according to Carrawell, has an extremely high basketball IQ. That manifests itself at both ends of the floor.

Perhaps most important for Keels and the Knicks, Carrawell thinks he’s a Tom Thibodeau type of player, due to his aggressive nature and his desire on the defensive end. Thibodeau, of course, is notorious for relying on veterans, so Keels will have to prove himself to carve out a role for himself. The fastest way for that to happen is on the defensive end.

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Trevor Keels working out at the NBA Draft combine.
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Carrawell’s take was similar to what an NBA scout told The Post on draft night, that Keels has to improve his body and his jumper, but the toughness and edge he plays with will appeal to Thibodeau.

“I’m going into a foxhole, I want him on my side,” Carrawell said. “’Thibs is going to fall in love with Trevor, because he’s a competitor, he’s a winner.

“He competes, man. Trevor really has the potential to be a really good defender once he learns the NBA game. He can really guard the ball. When he’s locked in, he does a good job of putting pressure on the ball, and he’s not bad off the ball as well.”


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Environmentalists hate the working class

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As the United States faces skyrocketing oil, gas and electricity prices, the obvious solution is to drill for more oil and gas and build more generating plants. Naturally, that’s off the table because the people who are being hurt most aren’t the ones who set the agenda.

High prices hurt everyone to a degree, but they’re hardest on the working classes. Most Americans drive to work, and even in most places with mass transit there are far more jobs within a 30-minute drive than there are within a 30-minute bus or train ride. Cars also make it easier to take kids to school, shop for groceries in a wider variety of places and stay in touch with family and friends.

With gas prices having more than doubled since January 2021, the cost of doing all these things has also more than doubled. For a family that’s stretched tight already, twice as much money for gas means less money for other things, like food, clothing or education. (And it doesn’t help that prices for those things are also skyrocketing.)

Nonetheless, environmentalists seem happy with these changes. And before he started backpedaling after seeing the polls, President Joe Biden praised high gas prices as part of an “incredible transition” to electric cars and other “green” technologies. (Now, of course, seeing how the political winds blow, he’s calling for a gas-tax “holiday” to take the pressure off voters, at least until after the coming midterms. In the meantime, if you’re too poor to afford gasoline, the administration’s advice is to buy an expensive electric car.)

Gas prices have more than doubled since January 2021.
Gas prices have more than doubled since January 2021.
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The reason the environmental faction favors high energy prices is that it wants to force people to switch to renewables. That such a switch leaves most people worse off leaves the environmentalists unmoved. That’s because they’ve always been an elitist movement with no concern for the working class or minorities.

California environmental lawyer Jennifer Hernandez calls the results of that state’s policies “Green Jim Crow.” High energy costs and strict building regulations keep poor people concentrated in poor neighborhoods, while protecting wealthy white enclaves like Marin County. And strict environmental rules crush or keep out industrial jobs that have traditionally provided a leg up for the working class. She observes: “What the soaring environmental rhetoric of the state’s affluent, largely White technocratic leadership disguises is a kludge of climate policies that will only, under the best of circumstances, partially decarbonize the state’s economy while deepening the state’s shameful legacy of racial injustice.”

But that’s been the history of environmental activism from the beginning: rich white people doing well at the expense of the lower classes. In a 1977 Harper’s article, William Tucker explored the history of what’s regarded as the first big environmental movement in America: the opposition to Con Edison’s Storm King pumped-storage project. The project was designed to save energy costs and make it easier for Con Ed to handle summertime peak demand. It would also have provided a lot of jobs in a depressed area.

The catch is, it would have spoiled the views from rich people’s estates in the nearby mountains. As Tucker reports at length, those affluent landowners constructed an entire edifice of opposition to Storm King, for the most selfish of reasons. He quotes a local mayor, who was told by one of the landowners, “We’ve got it nice and peaceful up here, why do you want to spoil it?” The mayor reported, “I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything, but what I wanted to say was ‘What about all the little people down there in the village who need this plant? Did you ever think about them?’” No.

Hiring big law firms and elite PR firms, along with enlisting celebrities like Pete Seeger, who wrote a song about the mountain, the landowners managed to turn a selfish desire not to have to look at electric power lines that would benefit millions into a quasi-religious crusade on behalf of Nature. The plant was stopped, property values were protected and only the little people suffered.

Today, as gas and energy prices soar while the well-off warn us about climate change via private jet, nothing’s different. No one is thinking about the little people. Why should they? Who’s going to make them? 

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the InstaPundit.com blog.


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