That sentence clearly says there are other reasons to not like emts, and that's also implicit in the meaning of red herring.
I'll say this and then shut up.
I made an offhand mention of an emtb in discussing why people might be negative towards these cranks and how, for me, that negativity might not be very rational. And that spurned a big debate on emtb's rather than these gorgeous cranks.
I think the real problem is that we're all still getting triggered by emtb's. I was certainly overly defensive of the environmental impact.
emtb's have the potential to have a hugely negative impact on our sport over the next decade or two as they become more and more prevalent. But for better or worse, they are part of the mountain biking world and they are not going away. Land managers barely have the resources to perform basic tasks, much less police emtbs, which are only going to get more and more incognito.
People have to move off the opposing poles of emtbs are just like real bikes and won't change anything (pure fantasy) and outright dismissal and denial of emtbs as motorcycles. I'd argue that just like we all have a duty to pick up a tool and help with our local trails, we also have a duty to engage on the emtb front and try to make sure the impact to riding culture and etiquette is as minimal as possible.
And I think that's the real danger. I love me some bike park, but, for me, the park mindset and experience lacks soul to some degree. I wouldn't want it to be the core of my riding. And it's awfully easy to let an emtb push your normal trail mindset towards a bike park mindset.
We need the old guard that has been riding and working and advocating for a long time to engage with people on emtb's, and especially those that don't have a long history on real bikes. I'd argue that's the appropriate reaction of someone who deeply loves our sport and appreciates the magic of riding real bikes. Not creating division that's going to hurt our sport.
For example, I led the effort to create our main local trail system. It's fairly rolling (but rocky) terrain. We've been advocating for locals to get the mid-powered emtbs, as we believe those are more appropriate for our trail system and do not turn some of our more xc, multi-use trails into high-speed, downhill trails to nearly the same extent as full powered emtbs. And we've had a lot of success with that.