July 7, 2021 | 2:33 PM
Cars & Climate Change
When you think of America and the many freedoms she offers, you cannot help but think about the freedom granted by the car. Now, if you only drive to commute and you have not had the pleasure of a road trip through and around the US – I feel sorry for you and you need to change that. However – you can at any time get in your car and just drive… You can choose how you want it powered, how many doors, the color, whether it’s a truck or van, etc. The car represents one of the last true bastions of freedom that remain in the US and abroad.
That could be changing very soon….
The American automobile industry has changed the world. It brought technology that changed roads and bridges, provided jobs that built the American Middle Class, and today remains one of the largest economic segments in the US and around the world.
It has not been without a black eye or two along the way as it went from infancy to full-fledged industrial giant with issues surrounding labor, safety, pollution, and politics. While the sector is now a leader in most areas it touches today, pollution (or emissions) and politics now play a larger role than ever in shaping cars.
Air pollution was an issue in the 60’s and 70’s and cars were a big part of that problem. The EPA and the feds stepped in and mandated pollution reductions in cars and the catalytic converters were born and became part of the horsepower decline of 70’s model production cars. Then the oil embargo hit and gas guzzlers became unpopular overnight. CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards were introduced in 1975 by Congress as a way to reduce energy consumption. CAFÉ standards are changed every year demanding cars and trucks be more fuel efficient.
Now what started in CAFÉ standards to reduce fuel consumption to reduce reliance on foreign oil has now become a rallying call for every anti-fossil fuel nutjob on the planet to eliminate fossil fuel driven vehicles and replace them with electric vehicles or EVs for short.
Now Climate Change, or I call it – the Climate Lie, is now driving the direction of cars. Pardon the pun.
So, let’s address the 8000 pound elephant in the room.
So, if all cars & trucks were EV’s – could we power them?
Great question and the answer is no. IF we snapped our collective fingers and made all vehicles EV’s tomorrow, America does not have enough power to supply to them. Our grid is tapped. When you plug that EV into the wall to charge, the power produced (whether coal, gas, nuke, or renewable) is coming from the same source that powers all the buildings and factories. So, there would have to be a dramatic increase in US and global power production to keep the same items powered and add all those new EV’s. Plus, has anyone done a study on the cost/kwh it will take to run an EV?
Well, how hard is it to increase the power?
Another great question. The answer is not so clear here. If we are looking to just increase power output, augmenting existing power plants in place, then it’s a discussion of which energy system to increase to have the additional power. However, the governmental EV crowd wants to eliminate fossil fuels. They current power 60% of the planet, meaning that you have to replace that power before you can increase power production. Renewables cannot do this in any manner, meaning you have to turn to nukes for all that power. While strides are being made in nuclear, costs and the supply of fissionable materials puts this power source in question for US and global power supply.
I am beginning to hear EVs are not environmentally friendly. Is that true?
Just as there are issues in renewable tech, the process of mining cobalt to make EV batteries is a rape upon the landscape. Facts – making EVs generates more carbon than combustion engine cars due to the extraction and processing of minerals in the batteries and production of power cells. This makes EVs cars less environmentally friendly than gas cars until around 12 years in the market. This is based on a report by Zerohedge.com on the requirements to offset the CO2 produced in the EV manufacture and lifespan process as compared to the same process for an internal combustion engine or ICE vehicle. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/When-Do-EVs-Become-Cleaner-Than-Gas-Powered-Cars.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=tw_repost Here is the real question – can an EV last 12 years in the market?
Oh, and for all you bleeding hearts that want to save the planet at all costs – do you give a rat’s ass about the child slave labor used to Cobalt mine in the Congo?
Are there other costs I need to know before supporting EVs
Currently Uncle Sam give EV buyers $7500 of your tax dollars to buy these cars, as the sales of new EVs hovers around 2.6% of the market. That is being requested to go to $12500… The average Tesla buyer has an annual income of over 140000. So a big hit to the deficit and the folks buying it don’t need the credit.
Then there is the Vehicle Miles Tax EVs are going to usher in. Unlike ICE that pay taxes at the pump, EVs do not contribute to the payment of maintenance for roads and bridges. They only way
Oh, and right now over 20% of EVs being purchased in the last 5 five years are being traded in. Charging infrastructure is part of it for certain. However, battery time in the field is another issue. Trillions are being proposed on infrastructure and bringing more charging stations to the market. How will those stations charge the EV batteries? 12amp trickle charge? I doubt that. If you want to be charged in 3 hours versus 12, then expect some high amperage charging, which leads to shorter life of the battery. The average cost to replace an EV battery is $5500.00….
Insurance on EVs is higher due to replacement cost of parts, so you’d better call your agent before hooking up on an EV.
Perhaps the most overlooked area of making EVs the king over ICE is the impact on jobs. According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 750000 technicians working on cars and trucks with ICE systems. What happens to them? There are millions of people employed in the sector that support the ICE with specialty items and such. Do they all get a job installing solar panels?
Don’t buy the Climate Lie and get hosed on Cars and Climate Change
As I have been illustrating in my Climate Series, the push by the US and global governments for fossil fuel elimination is based on lies. The trillions being proposed in infrastructure spending and tax credits, combined with the economic devastation that will occur from this transition will be planet altering in the way we will be allowed to drive, work (if we have the jobs), use energy, and be reliant on government in ways that are scary beyond belief.
Currently the US House is a lost cause in preventing this legislative changes on Climate Change. The US Senate is another matter.
Get involved now. Make the calls, send the emails.
Otherwise the song “Red Barchetta” may become a modern day nightmare.
Darren Yancy has always been a self-starter and hard-working individual. He knows the value of a dollar and through diligent perseverance has achieved the American Dream.