Important questions to ponder and address before we retire the combustion engine to the dustbin of history
How “green” is your combustion engine car? Apparently not green at all, our fossil fuel guzzlers and our mere daily existence are “destroying” the planet with the carbon footprint. The “virtuous” leftists are driving electric vehicles (EV) which are powered by fairy dust.
The constant gaslighting of the left appears to work. They are manipulating the rest of us by psychological means that bring into question our own sanity and reality.
The globalists who designed, pushed, and succeeded in implementing at local levels around the globe its U.N. Agenda 21, now converted into Agenda 2030, the World Economic Forum’s The Great Reset (painful and expensive), have done so with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SD)at all local levels.
Hidden Goal: Pollution control by any means, including bankrupting the developed world, with its reduction of CO2
One such SD goal, hidden in the 40 original chapters of U.N. Agenda 21, was pollution control by any means, including bankrupting the developed world, with its reduction of CO2. If successful, the planet’s crops and our food supply will suffer immensely causing unnecessary famine. Wealth will be redistributed from the developed world to the third world and make the middle class extinct.
The elite globalists have succeeded in forcing people into “everything sustainable” in their lives, a government “green new deal” (neither green, nor new, nor a deal), solar and wind generation aiming to bankrupt the coal, hydro, and nuclear power, and electric vehicles (EVs). These magical electric vehicles, according to the left, do not pollute at all, run on fairy dust.
Electric vehicles, pushed non-stop by globalists and by our own government to the detriment of combustion engine vehicles, will not crowd our roads currently for many reasons.
The Biden regime has driven the price of oil to double digits since it took power in order to facilitate the sale and use of EVs. It then changed course and released huge amounts of strategic oil reserves in order to artificially influence a drop in the price of expensive gasoline before the mid-term elections.
In addition to its higher price, EVs are not exactly a replacement for combustion engine cars for several reasons:
- There is not enough electric power available
Current electrical generation capacity for America is 11.4 trillion kilowatt-hours (Lawrence Livermore Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy) According to Dr. Jay Lehr, wind and solar produce about .7 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. If coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear energy production are taken out of the equation, what remains is solar, wind, and hydro. How is that enough to power all the potential EVs in the country, utilities, and all industries?—Electricity generation, capacity, and sales in the United States – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- Government will decide who gets the electricity to power EVs and who goes where and how far. There will be kill-switches in all car engines produced by 2025.
- The cost of lithium-ion 1,000-pound battery is a huge problem, $10,000 for Teslas.
- There are not enough rare earth minerals to produce enough EVs for the planet. Children in third world countries and in China are used to surface-mine these minerals.
- The number of charging stations will never be adequate. A typical busy gas station fuels 2,000 cars per day. Such a station would need 600 50-watt chargers, costing $24 million to install and a very large piece of land. The recharging stations would need, according to Dr. Lehr, 30 megawatts of power from the grid. This amount usually powers 20,000 homes.
- The range of travel is limited, claimed to be 300 miles in some models.
- Recharging time is huge, 30 minutes to 8 hours from topping off to full recharge.
Climate, Parking, Recalls, Charging, Electric Grid
- Cold climates are hugely detrimental to the lithium-ion batteries, yielding less energy in cold weather.
- EVs are fire hazards, not recommended to be stored inside a garage or close to anything that may catch on fire. The fire cannot be put out by water and must be allowed to burn itself out or be put out by firemen with special chemicals.
- Used EV market is not good as a replacement battery can cost more than the EV is worth. Average combustion engine cars on the road are 12 years old. Dr. Lehr stated that a 12-year old EV is on its third battery.
There is a parking lot outside of Paris where the municipality is storing its used up EVs. The batteries cannot be recycled and they leak toxic chemicals into the parking ground.
- Home charging amp service is questionable, given our current electric grid. A home charging for a Tesla requires 75 amp service in a home with an average 100 amp service. Dr. Lehr stated that “on most suburban streets, the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla. For half the homes on your block to have electric vehicles, the system would be widely overloaded.” (conference speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2022, Doctors for Disaster Preparedness)
- Parking limitations – some states and municipalities do not want EVs parked inside garages. EVs manufacturers recommend “park outside” in the open air.
- Recall campaigns for 3.3 million EVs after fire incident reports.
- Prices of new EVs are out of reach for most consumers. Orders have dropped when the government subsidies and the $7,500 tax incentives were removed or phased out.
- Consumer behavior such as range anxiety, charging stations availability, grid capacity, battery replacement, home charging costs, is affecting sales.
- Building an entire new grid must be built to prevent brownouts and blackouts.
- Separate home meters for EVs charging, paying higher electricity rates similar to the U.K. model.
- End of EV free ride of usage of highways and not paying fuel taxes – Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) will become a cost incurred by EV owners as well.
- Energy density – Dr. Jay Lehr stated that “the lithium-ion battery is four times better than the old lead-acid battery, but gasoline holds 80 times the energy density.”
Essential questions to ponder
Dr. Jay Lehr mentioned in his presentation that “the biggest impediment to the growth of electricity generated by wind and solar is the newly coined Ciccione/Lehr Rule of Thumb which states, ‘All wind and solar power on the electric grid must be backed up by an equal or greater amount of fossil fuel power running on standby 100% of the time.’” If such standby is not available, then the grid can crash.—Energy density and the electric car charging dilemma
In conclusion, essential questions to ponder are:
- Are EVs really that green? Just because they say it is, does not make it so.
Where does the electricity come from to power them? In the case of California, the same government that wants to take combustion engine vehicles off the road and force its citizens into buying electric ones, asked current EV owners not to charge their cars during certain times as electricity is in short supply.
- Can we afford the cost and the inconvenience of being stranded on a longer trip in the middle of nowhere U.S.A.?
- Are we able to mine large quantities of rare earth minerals in order to build billions of batteries?
- Can we eventually recycle toxic lithium-ion batteries without polluting the planet even worse than burning fossil fuels?
- Would people consider flying on planes powered by lithium-ion batteries?
- Can the current grids supply that many EVs in every neighborhood without crashing?
- Can we afford to build a new grid in the middle of a big recession and escalating inflation?
- Can the three main power grids, East, West, and Texas, crash if too many EVs are sold and people attempt to charge them at the same time during the night?
The Texas grid came pretty close to crashing in recent memory.
These are important questions to ponder and address before we retire the combustion engine to the dustbin of history.
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, Ileana Writes is a freelance writer, author, radio commentator, and speaker. Her books, “Echoes of Communism”, “Liberty on Life Support” and “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” “Communism 2.0: 25 Years Later” are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.