While I agree that the use of green fuels like hydro and wind is on the increase, listening to the rabid crowd here one would think that the rate of increase is so high that fossil fuels and nuclear are going away in the near future. Seriously, the delusions here are enormous.Zoue wrote:
Once again the "problem" highlighted here has nothing to do with the EV itself and everything to do with infrastructure. If the energy source is hydrocarbon, then that's something that needs to be addressed in the infrastructure, not the vehicle. But many countries have embarked on renewable energy programs. Norway, for example, has invested heavily in windfarms and is already a world leader in hydropower. It also, not so coincidentally, has one of the highest numbers of electric cars per capita in the world. Clearly, there they are not "overjoyed at powering cars with coal, natural gas...or nuclear power." Other countries are also making inroads in this area. Yes, some may not be there yet but that doesn't mean the whole concept of EVs is flawed. This kind of stuff doesn't happen overnight
First off, not every country can adapt to wind and hydro power the way Norway can. For all of it's good, demographically, Norway is utterly insignificant to the world's energy consumption.
Coal power plants are STILL being built at a prodigious rate today. China and India alone will add over 300 power plants to the world in just a single year. Hundreds of millions of tons of coal burned every year.
Nuclear plants are under construction. While they dont produce CO2 or any other air worthy pollutants (when intact), they produce tremendous amounts of highly lethal waste that needs to be stored for *thousands of years*.
If you listen to the global warming hysterics, we are, TODAY, at the breaking point of climate catastrophe. We dont have hundreds of years to change. We need to change TODAY. Not going to happen.
Most western countries cannot afford the massive change to green power, even if it were possible. Most western countries are fundamentally bankrupt. The US has 17 trillion dollars in debt. Imagine the cost of retiring the United States' *ONE HUNDRED* nuclear power plants. It is an astonishing figure. They arent going anywhere until they must be retired.
The US has slightly less than 500 coal power plants. The trend is declining but coal plants are being replaced by natural gas, NOT hydro or wind. Natural gas plant construction has seen a very substantial increase as coal declines.
The US makes about 13% of its power from renewable sources. That was the easy part, the low hanging fruit. Going further, driving up that percentages is going to be much much slower because of the massive, absolutely massive inertia (cost) of dismantling the current power system. The US simply doesnt have the money. It has all be squandered on the world's largest military and propping up zombie banks.
The same is true of most major industrial nations.
The idea that electric power is going to convert to green sources substantially in our lifetime is virtually nil.