Amazon plans to purchase 100,000 Rivian electric trucks that will start service as early as 2021. This allegedly is going to save millions of tons of carbon pollution per year by 2030.
OK, so what is terribly wrong with this story?
Answer: The entire story is a fraud because electric cars and trucks are a massive ‘green’ fraud. Remember the Golden Rule: All “solutions” that environmentalists propose are worse for the environment than the ideas that they replace, i.e, windmills are vastly worse for the environment than nuclear power plants.
So let us count the ways in which electric cars and trucks are a ‘green’ fraud:
*Amazon and its ‘greenie’ CEO Jeff Bezos and other environmentalists who advocate electric cars are putting more demand on the electricity supply with electric vehicles precisely as they are shutting down nuclear and coal-fired power plants. They claim that windmills and solar panels are making up the difference, which is false. Wind and solar are grossly inefficient, just as electric cars are grossly inefficient. We are careening into disaster with ‘green’ energy and electric cars.
Update from Breitbart News: about the California plan to move to all electric cars by 2035:
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Monday warned in a letter sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) that his executive order banning gas-powered vehicles may be unlawful, Reuters reports.
Wheeler wrote that Newsom’s plan “raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality” and argued that it may cause further issues problems plaguing the state’s electrical grid.
“California’s record of rolling blackouts – unprecedented in size and scope – coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on today,” the Trump official stated.
*Electric cars can be twice as expensive as gasoline-powered vehicles. That means that the economy has to produce more wealth if we are going to drive more electric vehicles. And the creation of wealth causes a certain amount of pollution for every dollar of wealth produced and so electric cars are causing pollution indirectly in costing more.
*Electric vehicles are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Why should people who do not own electric cars subsidize people who do own them? Good question.
*If electric vehicles are so efficient and so good for the environment, then why do they have to be subsidized? Shouldn’t they be selling well without any subsidies? Of course they should but they aren’t.
*Electric cars were first introduced 129 years ago, in 1891 but never sold in the free market. The only reason that they are selling today is that the whole tax system has been rigged to sell them. If Nikitas3.com had enough tax subsidies, I could sell suntan lotion in Seattle.
Governments should stop subsidizing electric cars and trucks and let them succeed or fail on their merits (they would fail). Amazon will probably get up to $1 billion in tax subsidies for its electric truck fleet. That’s a sweet deal for Amazon, but then again that’s why Bezos is the richest man in the world.
*The Tesla electric car company started by Elon Musk has been in business since 2003 and only has earned a profit in five quarters. Otherwise it has consumed $5 billion in federal subsidies. Is Tesla worth saving? No. And the only reason that it has had profitable quarters in the first place is that every car sold gets a tax subsidy.
*The installation of charging stations for electric cars, for instance in small towns, is usually financed (subsidized) by the town as if they are doing the world a great favor. Why? Why can’t the town subsidize my tires or gasoline? Answer: Because I am not on the ‘green welfare’ bandwagon.
*Batteries are notoriously fickle. They can quit at any time; not just run out of charge but quit completely – no recharge. Nothing. Dead. In the middle of a trip? Sure. Replacement is enormously expensive.
*Recharging can take hours. Filling up at a gas station takes minutes.
*General Motors closed three plants in 2019 and laid off 15,000 workers. Much of this was attributable to the fact that GM lost billions making their electric car, The Chevy Volt, after being pressured to do so by environmentalists and Obama. The Volt has since been canceled.
*The batteries for electric cars are very heavy and very bad for the environment to manufacture, particularly in the mining of lithium. One Tesla battery weighs 1,300 lbs. The average gasoline engine weighs 350 lbs. The four electric motors to drive the wheels also are very heavy. If the Tesla is carrying around all of that extra weight for every mile that it travels then that greatly increases the car’s energy consumption compared to that of a gasoline-powered car.
*Batteries can lose half of their power in very cold weather. This means that states with cold winters like Vermont and Minnesota are going to be at a huge disadvantage if we switch to electric cars. This would devastate the economies in cold states. They could never compete with states like Georgia or Texas or Florida.
*Just as bad, batteries perform poorly in very hot weather. Consumer Reports says:
Summer heat is tougher on car batteries than winter’s chill. It may seem counterintuitive, but higher temperatures have a greater impact on the power-generating chemistry inside.
And it’s not just about air temperature. Hot summer temps drive up the heat under the hood and accelerate the onset of battery failure. As a result, many motorists wind up stuck along the roadside in the summer. AAA reports that it responded to 1.8 million battery-related service calls in the summer of 2018.
*The ‘greenie’ movement never reveals the shortcomings of electric cars just as they never will tell you why solar panels are a disaster. For instance windmills require up to 1,000 times as much land as a nuclear reactor for the same amount of power while black solar panels are defacing millions of acres of land all over America.
*70% of the electricity in the United States is generated in coal-fired or natural gas-fired power plants. If you charge an electric car with the electricity from these plants then the emissions for the car do not come out the tailpipe of the car – since there is no tailpipe – but they come from the power plant smokestack. So these electric cars actually produce significant emissions but ‘greenies’ take no blame for those emissions. Why? Because ‘greenies’ are arrogant, snotty liars.
*The systems to heat and cool the interior of an electric car, and for the headlights and taillights, use the battery’s power. So when it is very hot or very cold, or if you drive at night, the battery charge is going to last fewer and fewer miles.
*Nikitas3.com knew a lady with an electric car. I asked if she and her husband were going to drive it to Florida for the Winter and she said ‘no’, that the recharging along the way takes too long. So they took their gasoline-powered car.
*Electric car owners do not buy gasoline and so they do not pay the gasoline taxes that are used to maintain our highways. Therefore electric car owners use our highways without paying for them. This is another direct subsidy for electric car owners.
*But here is the worst fact of all: Nikitas3.com calculates that an electric car can consume 2 to 10 times as much energy per mile as a gasoline car. The reason is simple – electricity is a highly ‘refined’ resource and it is a fact of physics that “it consumes energy to refine energy”.
Depending on the efficiency of the electrical generation process, this means that an electric car can use 2 to 4 times as much energy per mile as a gasoline car. If the battery loses half of its energy, it will use 4 to 8 times as much. And if the car is using heat or air conditioning, or the headlights and taillights, it can go up to 10 times.
We should not be wasting precious electricity on cars when we have an efficient alternative – the modern-day gasoline engine.