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What's Wrong with Wind and Solar?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 2/22/21 by WALTER784; 25791 views.
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From: WALTER784

Jun-23

WSJ Electric Vehicle Road Trip a Disaster

JOEL B. POLLAK
7 Jun 2022

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend on a four-day road trip from New Orleans to Chicago and back in an electric vehicle (EV) that ended up as a disaster — one that left the author grateful for her ordinary car, even at today’s high gas price.
 
The Journal article, by Rachel Wolfe, was titled: “I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip. I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping.” In it, the author described planning the journey, using the PlugShare app to map charging stations and estimate charging times, based on the relative strength of each public charging station. She noted that more charging stations should, in theory, be available in future, thanks to the federal government’s new infrastructure bill.
 
For now, however, long-distance travel by electric vehicle proved almost impossible, saving just $100 and costing hours. At several points, Wolfe recalled, the car nearly ran out of battery; they missed several appointments. They also had to take drastic steps to curb their use of power, such as unplugging their phones and turning down their windshield wipers.
 
She wrote: “Over four days, we spent $175 on charging. We estimated the equivalent cost for gas in a Kia Forte would have been $275, based on the AAA average national gas price for May 19. That $100 savings cost us many hours in waiting time.”
 
Wolfe also described conversations with fellow travelers: “The woman charging next to us describes a harrowing recent trip in her Volkswagen ID.4. Deborah Carrico, 65, had to be towed twice while driving between her Louisville, Ky., apartment and Boulder, Colo., where her daughter was getting married.” She noted that the woman had described feeling unsafe while charging at night, and that her family had urged her to trade in her electric car in favor of an old-fashioned gas model.
 
Wolfe concluded:
 
The following week, I fill up my Jetta at a local Shell station. Gas is up to $4.08 a gallon.
 
I inhale deeply. Fumes never smelled so sweet.
 
Democrats are pushing drivers to abandon their gas vehicles despite the lag in available infrastructure, and the increased demand that charging will place on already-fragile electrical grids. In 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) banned gas-powered vehicle sales in the state by 3025.
 
Though many drivers are considering the switch to EVs, given high gas prices, the limited range on many vehicles, the variable performance of electric vehicles in bad weather, and the scarcity of charging stations has many opting for hybrid models, or traditional internal combustion engines.

WSJ Electric Vehicle Road Trip a Disaster (breitbart.com)

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From: WALTER784

Jun-26

Video: Reporter Asks General Motors CEO Where The Charging Electricity Comes From For Their New Chevy Volt – Her Answer Is Hilarious

June 8, 2022
Mark Van der Veen

Okay, so she did try to whitewash her accidental admission by switching it to “natural gas” – which is not much different, according to the climate mafia – at the last second. Still, General Motors (GM) spokesperson Kristin Zimmerman has become something of an internet sensation for letting the cat out of the bag that their new “electric” car is charged by a power plant that runs on coal, so basically, their new car at the moment would actually run on about 95 percent coal.
 
During an unveiling of the new Chevy Volt, Zimmerman demonstrated for the media how the supposedly “green” vehicle is simply plugged into a power source for energy. And this power source, at least in Michigan, is mostly burned coal.
 
If you watch the video closely, you can see the precise moment when Zimmerman realized she had walked right into a trap. She thought about it for a second and came to the realization that her company’s supposedly “green” vehicles are worse polluters than their gas-powered counterparts.
 
“For those of you who didn’t put it all together: Electric cars run off electricity, electricity provided by a power plant, a plant that runs primarily off coal, which actually is a worse pollutant than a gas-powered engine.
 
This has been known for years, as a paper that came out back in 2015 revealed that most electric cars throughout the country are powered by electricity that comes from coal.
 
While some areas of the country are heavy on nuclear and hydro power sources, the fact remains that coal is still what powers America. Consequently, electric vehicles are nothing more than greenwashed virtue signaling tools to make climate fanatics feel as though they are better than everybody else.

Video: Reporter Asks General Motors CEO Where The Charging Electricity Comes From For Their New Chevy Volt - Her Answer Is Hilarious – Right Journalism

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From: Showtalk

Jun-26

It’s not a secret, though.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Jun-26

LOL... nope... an open secret at best, but neither the Democrats nor the liberal news media will talk about it.

Hush hush as if it's secret! (* CHUCKLE *)

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From: WALTER784

Jul-1

Is driving an electric car immoral? Here's what they DON'T tell you

'You dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust for just one battery'

WND Staff By WND Staff
Published June 19, 2022 at 11:50am

Driving an electric car has been heralded as a moral virtue and, of late, the solution to record-high gas prices.
 
There's certainly a benefit from curbing air pollution, but the question is, at what cost?
 
In a column highlighted by Powerline blogger John Hinderaker, engineer and energy expert Ronald Stein examines the source of the power and the materials in batteries. He concludes EVs are bad for the environment, and serious ethical questions are raised by the conditions under which the materials are mined.
 
Stein argues in a column titled "Is it ethical to purchase a lithium battery powered EV?" that entire mountains are eliminated by just one lithium supply mine.
 
"Each mine usually consists of thirty-five to forty humongous 797 Caterpillar haul trucks along with hundreds of other large equipment," he writes. "Each 797 uses around half a million gallons of diesel a year. So, with an inventory of just thirty-five the haul trucks alone are using 17.5 million gallons of fuel a year for just one lithium site."
 
A typical EV battery, Stein notes, weighs 1,000 pounds, contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.
 
"It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining," he writes. "For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just one battery."
 
Stein is the author of the 2021 book "Clean Energy Exploitations: Helping Citizens Understand the Environmental and Humanity Abuses That Support Clean Energy."
 
Stein argues that fossil fuels are vastly cleaner, partly because they are so efficient.
 
And once the mining and consequent environmental degradation are complete, electric vehicles in reality run overwhelmingly on fossil fuels and nuclear power.
 
An EV, after all, doesn't make electricity, it only stores electricity that is produced elsewhere. And the sources primarily are coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants and occasionally the wind and the sun.
 
"So, to say an EV is a zero-emission vehicle is not at all valid as 80 percent of the electricity generated to charge the batteries is from coal, natural gas, and nuclear," writes Stein.
 
In effect, 20% of the EVs on the road are powered by coal, 40% by natural gas and 20% by nuclear power.
 
Hinderaker adds that the extraordinary volume of mining needed to produce electric vehicles not only is "environmentally disastrous," it also carries "large human costs."
 
The cobalt that is needed for every electric vehicle comes mostly from the Congo, where the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates 40,000 children are working in cobalt mines.
 
And Hinderaker emphasizes that the solar panels that produce some of the energy stored in EV batteries are mostly produced by slave labor in China.
 
"And, for what it’s worth, Chinese solar panels are produced with coal-fired power plants."
 
Hinderaker concludes:
 
"Green" energy is a catastrophically bad idea. I think many people understand that wind and solar power and electric vehicles are economically ruinous, but when we also take into account environmental degradation and child and slave labor, one can seriously question whether it is immoral to buy an electric car.

Is driving an electric car immoral? Here's what they DON'T tell you (wnd.com)

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WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Jul-1

And then there is this going on in Europe... the sustainable energies just aren't as sustainable as many people thought so now they're all craving to go back to fuel based energy!!!

‘Mad scramble’ across Europe to return to coal and gas

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From: Showtalk

Jul-1

I believe it is now that the secret of how much resources they use has been closed.

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk

Jul-1

They have to. We will too.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Jul-4

Chevy Colt EV (at their HQ) runs on about 95% coal...

Other EVs run on some sort of coal/oil/natural gas/nuclear power.

They call it electric vehicles, but that electricity they use is produced using some kind of coal/oil/natural gas/nuclear power.

“So what’s charging the batteries right now? What’s the source of electricity?” … wait for it … https://t.co/uBuYKGzouU? / Twitter

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  • Edited July 4, 2022 6:00 am  by  WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Jul-5

How Far Can a Gas Truck & an Electric Ford Lightning Go Towing the Same Camper On ONE Fill-up?

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