If you want an electrical vehicle (EV), go for it, however, don’t ask me to give you my tax dollars for a tax credit. Remember, the government has nothing to give that they don’t take from someone else first.
EVs are not ever going to be for everyone. Many fail to see that the “green” in “green new deal” isn’t environmental green, but dollars green. It is a major swindle of taxpayer money. Certain groups of “elites” will end up making vast fortunes as large areas of the planet are grossly polluted. We have some extremely greedy and corrupt leadership in Washington, D.C.
Global warming is a hoax, and CO2 is not the cause of natural warming trends of the planet. In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests the climate is estimated to warm 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040. Only 1.5 degrees in 20 more years, and we are panicking? Canada might like a little warming. Let’s not forget what John Kerry recently said, “Even if we go to zero CO2 emissions, it wouldn’t do a thing if the rest of the world doesn’t follow.”
Considering over 70 percent of America’s electrical power comes from burning fossil fuels and only 12 percent comes from “renewables,” again, where is the new power? Are you OK with building nuclear power plants? Bill Gates said, "Current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar depend on the weather. The cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is beyond astronomical."
Batteries are worse for our environment than fossil fuels. EV batteries are toxic to make and really toxic to get rid of. Processing lithium creates a tremendous amount of toxic waste, which is a major threat to soil and water resources. The batteries of EVs are likely to cause far more pollution than fuel vehicles. Any consideration of devices to reduce CO2 emissions should consider not only the manufacturing, but also the disposal. We are just starting to hear about and see piles of solar panels and worn out/exchanged wind turbine blades. Question: How long does it take glass/silica wafers/fiberglass to break down naturally?
Eighty percent of the ingredients of batteries come from outside the U.S., making us dependent on other countries instead of self-sufficient. To mine these minerals used to make batteries requires land-moving vehicles using diesel, and they leave a huge hole in the earth. How is this environmental?
We have not yet begun to deal with disposal. To disassemble a battery requires toxic chemicals as the cells are held together with tough glues. After you get inside, there are more glues holding anodes, cathodes and other components in place. One solvent used to dissolve cathode binders is so toxic the European Union restricts its use, as well as the U.S. Recycling or disposing of these batteries creates an even greater amount of toxic waste.
Recyclers rely on two techniques — pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. Look them up to see the environmental problems. Both are energy intensive, so where is that energy? Lithium battery disposal should shock people into their senses, but the reality is they’re too idealistic or political to consider the consequences.
If retired batteries cannot be recycled effectively and environmentally, the statement that new energy cars are “clean” and “environmentally friendly” is bogus. Better to burn fossil fuels. They are much easier to control pollution than that caused by EVs, and electricity is one of the least efficient ways to power cars.
People need to wake up. Maybe we should be planting trees to absorb CO2 rather than creating toxic waste. Stop global pollution!
Bob Folkers is a resident of Siletz.