A University of Edinburgh study found that electric cars emit as many – if not more – pollutants into the atmosphere than conventional vehicles. The difference is in the type of emissions, not the amount
“…don’t try to (do) anything prematurely. Let it…become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. (James – Message Translation of the Bible)
FOUNDING FATHERS’ PERSPECTIVE
“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” (Thomas Edison)
“The bounty to the white-herring fishery is a tonnage bounty; and is proportioned to the burden of the ship, not to her diligence or success in the fishery; and it has, I am afraid, been too common for vessels to fit out for the sole purpose of catching, not the fish, but the bounty.” (Adam Smith)
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” (John Adams)
◊ The first successful US electric car was created in 1890 by William Morrison. In 1900 electric cars accounted for one-third of all cars on the road; but by 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T, priced at about one-third the cost of an electric car, had ruined electric car sales. Other factors included a lack of electric re-charging stations and cheap gasoline. Department of Energy, 9/15/14. Matulka, Rebecca. “The History of the Electric Car”
◊ A University of Edinburgh study found that electric cars emit as many – if not more – pollutants into the atmosphere than conventional vehicles. The difference is in the type of emissions, not the amount.
The extra weight of EV’s large batteries requires extra braking force, which releases more toxic pollutants from the tires and brake pads.
Mining the toxic lithium required for EV batteries is done primarily in China, with minimal environmental safeguards.
Many charging stations have electricity generated by coal: therefore, EV’s recharged by coal emit more greenhouse gases than their conventionally powered counterparts.
Many charging stations have electricity generated by coal; therefore, EVs recharged by coal emit more greenhouse gases than their conventionally powered counterparts.
Electric cars are the product of heavy government intervention into the free market. The main selling points of electric vehicles are decidedly false. Their environmental impact is as bad if not worse than conventional vehicles. Even with excessive federal subsidies, EV’s costs are higher than conventional vehicles. With increased price subsidies and unrealistic CAFÉ mileage requirements, the government is trying to force Americans to drive electric cars. Given EV’s limited driving range, excessive charging time, and the insufficient number of charging stations, the government’s coercive efforts are excessive and premature. They fly in the face of basic economics, waste our tax dollars, and hurt manufacturers of conventional cars. With world oil reserves currently estimated at 1,000 years, the federal government needs to proceed with more patience and less interference in the free market, in their efforts to support the development of a practical and affordable EV for the major vehicle market.
Electric car incentives such as subsidies, rebates, and tax credits should be minimized or ended. Biased regulations should be repealed. The free market, i.e. the voluntary association between consumer and producer, should decide when (and if) we drive electric vehicles. If electric cars are the natural, technological progression for society, then they should come about through natural supply and demand, rather than by regulation.