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Zero emission vehicles my …

May 30, 2014

photoshop1It was just plane embarrassing, because after paying more than he had for any other car his family owned, here he was stuck yet again. Yes he knew it was his fault for not keeping an eye on the fuel gauge, but seriously who would think that after fueling last night then a normal drive to work and this side trip to a client another 50 miles further the car was out of fuel. As he sat waiting for the tow he fumed at what the car company said when he called them. It seems that his car’s millage is reduced 40% when the weather gets too cold or too hot!

The governors of 8 states, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have decided that by 2025 they will take action to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road in their states. Besides the fact that the current range of most of these cars is around 100 miles (temperature permitting), and that when you get to where you are going there are very few if any ‘plug in stations’ does anyone realize you are not doing anything to better the environment?

Do owners of these vehicles understand that when you do plug them in the power recharging that car comes from either oil, coal, natural gas or nuclear powered generating plants. I can not understand how these governors who are looking for zero emissions think using electricity generated by oil, gas or coal gives us the zero emissions. They are merely transferring the pollution problem from the individual to the power plant. And as far a nuclear….haven’t they refused to have any additional nuclear power plants built in America because of the danger of meltdowns and the problem with the spent fuel rods?

It seems some of our governors are taking notes from the politicians in Washington
standing in front of the media saying look at what I am doing
without actually accomplishing anything.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2014 8:05 pm

    You got some good points there, Pete. But what about using water, wind and solar power generation? And, also, did you read this article yet on solar roads? Quite fascinating! Curious to know what you think.


  2. May 31, 2014 6:45 am

    Hey Pete – Its largely political posturing and don’t forget right now it seems the only voices being heard regarding energy policy are those from the ‘looney far left’ and they are imbeciles. I do not doubt that electricity will at some point become the energy to power our vehicles; its just that the technology needs more time to mature and that’s especially true of the storage side of the equation. I read somewhere that the energy involved in manufacturing a ‘green car’ is many times that involved in producing a ‘standard’ gasoline powered vehicle. In addition owners of the current electric cars have yet to experience the ‘sticker shock’ of purchasing replacement batteries when their existing units give out. And then there’s the issue of handling the exhausted batteries; few things are as toxic to the environment or as tough to recycle as exhausted batteries. I’m all for getting off hydrocarbons as our fuel source but only when we truly have viable alternatives. We could be doing a lot more with the combination of geothermal, wind and solar in terms of powering our existing infrastructure but these are not solutions for our vehicles. For me nuclear power as it current exists is just not worth the risk; Fukushima made this point in spades. There are potentials in terms of using thorium as a fissionable source; its more prevalent than uranium, its easier to purify and it doesn’t produce as many dangerous side products and waste as uranium. But there remain some definite technological hurdles to be surmounted; all the major players are working these but they need more time. I would love to see us free of hydrocarbons as our source of power but right now that’s not feasible unless we want to reduce the world’s population by a few orders of magnitude and return to living a low to no technology existence.


  3. June 1, 2014 5:08 am

    Yikes! Thank heavens it is spring up there, not the middle of a harsh winter. Still, I guess now you have to figure you can only go about 60 miles rather than 100. :(


  4. Jon permalink
    June 1, 2014 12:09 pm

    I’ve often wondered how the energy gets from the windmill (which is noisy & proven to kill thousands of birds) to our homes & other buildings. If it has to be converted at a plant of some sort, I would think the conversion plant runs on fossil fuels which means you need to use more of what you’re trying to get rid of in order to use less of it. Somehow that doesn’t make sense to me.
    And I’ve had a chuckle or two thinking about the fights or shootings over the last plug-in at the hotel. Or watching til the last light is out then going out & unplugging the cord to the car next to yours & plugging yours in, then leaving the next morning before the other party’s the wiser! LOL!


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