Ever Wonder Why Our Leftist Government is Intent on Putting Us in Electric Cars?

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The Biden administration may be evil as it relates to virtually all of its new directives but, no matter what it appears to be, it is not dumb. It knows what it is doing. The underlying purpose of everything it does is to reduce our freedoms and increase the government’s control over our lives. 

One of its strategies has escaped even the most conservative of thinkers. It is the promotion of the electric automobile. They well know, as we will show in the following paragraphs, that the nation’s roads can never be crowded with electric cars. There is not now, nor ever will there be, sufficient electric power for us to travel hither and yon with battery-powered vehicles. So, who decides who gets what electricity will be available? Answer: your friendly liberal, “progressive,” leftist government who we, mistakenly or not, placed in power.

The electric vehicle (EV) is clearly one of the most hyped innovations of our lifetime. While our federal government and the state of California think that the internal combustion engine will soon end up in the dustbin of history, it just isn’t going to happen for a variety of reasons:

  • The most obvious is that the expense of EVs will not allow the average American to own one. The alternative will always be far cheaper and will transport you much farther.
  • EVs can never be produced in the numbers the government wants because of a lack of necessary rare earth minerals held hostage in China.
  • Availability of charging stations will never be adequate either. And the time required to recharge on a long trip will make you cancel any long trip. 
  • The cost of a battery replacement will be a significant turn-off as well. 

Okay, maybe these are not so obvious to the general consumer. But here are the even less obvious deterrents. If, after reading these reasons for electric misery, you remain a big fan, write us and explain why. We will then write another article explaining your point of view.

TESLA

Let’s first get Elon Musk and Tesla out of the way. While in the past year, he did make many cars in the $40k range and hopes to keep expanding those numbers, Tesla will likely remain a car for the affluent. Their eye-catching models still check in around $100k. In California, the average household income of EV purchasers is upwards of $200,000. If you are not in that higher educated echelon and the high-income range of society, there will likely not be much of an appetite for an EV. Nevertheless, Musk will always be successful because he really is the smartest person in the room. He is now vastly rich because so many people know that and buy Tesla stock at nonsensical values.

AVAILABLE ELECTRICITY

The Laurence Livermore Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy states that the current electrical generation capacity of America is 11.4 trillion kilowatt-hours. The energy used for transportation today is equivalent to 8.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of which only an infinitesimal amount is already electric. Where would the additional power come from were all cars to be electric? The same governments in charge plan for no more energy from oil, natural gas, coal, or nuclear. So, the obvious answer for all liberals is wind and solar, which currently produce a mere 0.7 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity. Where and how will we build enough solar and wind installations to keep us all driving EVs? We cannot. We have neither the economic resources nor land area to even consider this. We are already getting a preview of what will happen if our vehicles go all-electric. In the U.K., the grid is currently so unstable that EV chargers will be metered separately, which allows them to be charged and taxed at a higher rate than domestic electricity.

It is important to also note that, California, where half of the nation’s EVs are located, already imports more electricity than any other state– currently at 32% from the Northwest and Southwest and dysfunctionally HOPES that other states will be able to generate enough power to meet the demands of the state.

RANGE

Just as golf carts may be fun and legal to run around your neighborhood if you are inclined, so are electric cars. However, what would it take to carry out a long trip in one? Let’s run through the numbers. We will go first class in a Tesla on a trip of 270 miles which only a Tesla can now do on a single charge. It will take us 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles and about 6.5 hours to recharge the battery unless you can find the rare supercharging station. If you cannot, you have brought your average trip speed, including charging time, down to under 25mph! And, unless you have planned adequately, your whole trip will be cursed with range anxiety, a constant worry that you are about to run out of juice. 

MILES PER GALLON

Miles per gallon is disappearing as an advantage when buying an EV. The reason is that, in order to increase the range of the EVs, a great deal of extra weight in batteries has had to be added. That effectively cancels any claims of yielding less carbon dioxide, supposedly the primary selling point for them. After all, the production of these batteries generates huge amounts of CO2.  

And back at the power station where the electricity for your EV is generated, someone is burning a lot of coal or natural gas to create it. Perhaps your electric car should more accurately be called a coal or natural gas car. Oh yes, the tax on your gasoline to keep our roads maintained will soon be replaced by a special tax on your electric vehicle registration, and well, it should be.

COLD CLIMATES

The nature of batteries is that they yield less energy in cold climates. EV owners will all learn this soon enough. Advertised ranges on a fully charged battery will not be achieved. The shortfall will be significant. Get ready for thousands of motorists stranded on freezing cold highways throughout the northern states.

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

President Biden and the Governor of California are demanding only electric cars in the nation and their state. California plans to have 25 million EVs in the not-too-distant future. It already has 50% of the nation’s EVs. But California is not a meaningful role model for the nation at large. Besides having the best temperate climate in America, it has an average household income of $106,916, and 12.2% of households make over $200,000 a year. In addition, they have an unusual fraction of the population that are:

  • Highly educated.
  • Highly compensated.
  • Low mileages requirements of about 5,000 miles per year from the second vehicle, as most EV owners have a combustion engine car for their family workhorse vehicle.
  • A home garage for convenient charging, even though some manufacturers are already recommending the EV’s be charged in open areas due to potential battery fires.

Except for those in that higher educated echelon and the high-income range of society, there will clearly be no appetite for an EV in the foreseeable future. We continue to discuss the EV hoax in part two of this article, coming out later in the week.

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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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Ida Samuels
Ida Samuels
5 months ago

Right again. Another tremendous waste of taxpayer monies because the Dems are useless politicians who simply just do not have a clue. Most agendas are to make the American people suffer while they get rich!

Tom Harris
Tom Harris
Reply to  Ida Samuels
5 months ago

Good point, Ida!

le_berger_des_photons
le_berger_des_photons
Reply to  Tom Harris
5 months ago

are you people afraid to speak of the technology which the central bankers keep for themselves and have already killed or otherwise eliminated everybody who has tried to bring it out?

The biggest hoax perpetrated on the public is the idea that you need to buy authorized fuel from these psychopaths to make a machine that can transform usable amounts of energy. We all seem to accept the zero point idea as valid and yet somehow we automatically assume that it’s a hoax when anybody demonstrates a way to profit from zero point energy. And when the central bankers demonstrated their ability to exploit zero point energy in new york on the 11th of september 2001 everybody managed to not see it with few exceptions.

And of course those exceptions are “seen” by the general (dumbed down) public as fools or liars.

Why don’t you use some of your years of experience and courage to talk about what’s interesting?

tom james
tom james
5 months ago

Not mentioned…what will happen in the city of the future when a city the size of Washington, DC, Miami, New Orleans, or Houston tries to evacuation ahead of the next Class 5 hurricane? Or when LA or San Francisco tries to evacuate after the San Andreas Fault rips them a new one? Who’s going to rescue the millions of people trapped on the side of the highway when the batteries in their electric cars went dead? Joe Biden? Gavin Newsome?

jim
jim
3 months ago

This leaves out one important factor. A lithium battery after a short 5 to 10 year lifetime needs to be replaced. And just like solar cells or wind turbine blades, this battery currently cannot be recycled. Which means more limited raw materials from China. As stated in the article, the cost of a new battery will be more than 50% of the cost of a new car, if you can find them, they will be in very short supply. Who will wait 6 to 12 months for a new battery just like they are now waiting for new cars to be delivered?

Bob Boskey
Bob Boskey
3 months ago

Electric cars won’t be a serious alternative until the batteries can be switched out at charging stations taking about the same time as a standard gas fill-up. Batteries would be owned by energy producers (Exon, etc.,) and provided in energy stations.

Lance
Lance
2 months ago

I believe your readers are smart enough to recognize all the inaccuracies in the article. I am guessing you don’t own and possibly have never ridden in an electric car. The old radical Right tactic of trying to heighten the paranoia of the working class is present here. Keep trying to protect the status quo and the 1% so they keep getting richer.

John Woods
John Woods
2 months ago

Your piece says the US electric CAPACITY is 11.4T kWh. The US EIA says we GENERATE 4.1T kWh. https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3 It seems like you have converted the fossil fuels used in the US to electrical equivalents and since much of this is in transportation fuels, that is how you arrive at your higher “electric capacity”, as well as your 8.5T of “electric capacirty” used in transportation. It would be nice to see this reconciled and, to be honest, I’m not as all sure your conclusions are valid.

Point 2, it seems your piece ignores the intended electrification of transport vehicles – 18 wheelers, trains, etc. Not to mention air transport of people and freight.

Your articles have a lot of nice words and inferences but very little data to support the conclusions you draw. Mind you, I’m not saying your conclusion are wrong, but…….

Scott Tennyson
Scott Tennyson
2 months ago

This article is garbage – a total misrepresentation of the state of the industry. The author is naive at best, and possibly an outright liar. America Out Loud needs to update their electric vehicle facts.

  • The most obvious is that the expense of EVs will not allow the average American to own one. The alternative will always be far cheaper and will transport you much farther.

NOT TRUE – the Nissan Leaf starts at under $28,500 and gets cheaper ever year.
By 2026 Tesla will offer a $25,000 entry level vehicle. A $25,000 electric vehicle will last AT LEAST twice as long as an ICE vehicle and cost far less to operate. Net investment plus cost of operation is FAR LESS THAN any ICE car.

  • EVs can never be produced in the numbers the government wants because of a lack of necessary rare earth minerals held hostage in China.

NOT TRUE – We have all the minerals we need in the US if the f**king government will allow us to mine them.

  • Availability of charging stations will never be adequate either. And the time required to recharge on a long trip will make you cancel any long trip.

NOT TRUE – Charge times are only 20 minutes and range is 300-500 miles for the average electric vehicle. You can already drive coast-to-coast and Mexico to Canada and never want for a charging station.

  • The cost of a battery replacement will be a significant turn-off as well.

NOT TRUE – Latest battery technology provides for a ONE MILLION mile battery life, and all the battery materials can be recycled to make new batteries
 

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