Short-term rental app Airbnb is soliciting donations for the ‘hosts’ of its rental system, hoping that former guests on the platform will bail out the professional landlords who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The comfortably named digital ‘Kindness Card’ includes three different solicitations for money from renters to landlords, going so far as to guilt its users to bail out the app ‘hosts,’ many of whom have collected properties in already expensive metropolitan areas with the hopes of a constant lucrative income.
Airbnb has been criticized by driving up the costs of living and travel in many communities, and encouraging real estate developers to hoard residential properties purely for commercial use, restricting the use of housing on the part of community members and families.
The San Francisco-based app company has stringently lobbied for mass immigration, refugee resettlement, and open borders, seeking to boost their profit margins at the expense of the middle-class Americans by jacking up the cost of housing.
Now that market conditions are adverse for the company’s questionable and reliably neoliberal business model, they’ve become a charity case, lobbying for special federal stimulus measures to bail out its short-term landlords.
Should the highly provisional business model of its landlords fail, it’s likely that the housing they own would be sold to middle-class Americans at greatly reduced prices for use and occupancy as homes, as opposed to conversion into hotels that evade the conventional regulations typically applied to such entities. An outcome the multibillion dollar company is fighting intently to avoid.
As Biden Eyes “Transition Away” From Fossil Fuels, Pennsylvania is Second-Largest Natural Gas Producer in US
Destroying Pennsylvanian jobs.
Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans on a “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source may not go over smoothly with the people of Pennsylvania- a state that has scored as the second largest producer of natural gas anywhere in the country.
Joe Biden admitted at the Thursday debate that he plans to “transition away from the oil industry,” citing pollution.
Joe Biden says he will "transition from the oil industry" pic.twitter.com/0TgtYhhLEZ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 23, 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration identifies a considerable 20.0% of national natural gas production as coming from the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second biggest producer behind Texas. The state punches well above its weight in doing so, producing almost as much natural gas as Texas despite having less than half of its population.
Biden has sought to dismiss his track record of support for the banning of fracking oil extraction, employing a similar thinly veiled rhetorical trick by stating he’d only decline to allow any new fracking.
The energy industry continues to be a source of gainful, family-supporting employment for over ten million Americans. It’s not an option to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels in the immediate future- a fact Biden tacitly admitted to after the debate suggestion, perhaps indicating that he realized the political folly of the statement.
Biden also said he’s talking about “getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels. But we’re not going to get rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 23, 2020
A study from the American Petroleum Industry indicates that more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the natural gas industry that Biden wants to transition away from.
Pennsylvania is shaping up as the most critical swing state in the election, and in nearly every plausible election night scenario the winner of the state’s 20 electoral votes secures the 270 needed to win the election.
Perhaps Joe Biden should transition away from national politics, and leave policy answers relating to carbon emissions, the environment and a strong energy industry to those more considerate of the role of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and around the country.
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