Americans supposedly just voted for only electric vehicles

“The Big Switch will cost trillions and massively change America – not for the better”
– Duggan Flanakin
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“The incoming Biden-Harris Administration has promised a $2-trillion “climate change” plan that will include “rigorous new fuel economy standards” aimed at forcing dealerships to sell only zero emission vehicles, perhaps as soon as 2035,” Paul Driessen points out. “Once the sale of new gasoline engine vehicles is banned, the only question remaining is, How long before DRIVING such vehicles is also outlawed? VP-elect Harris has promised that we will have ONLY zero emission vehicles on our roads by 2045.”

“As Duggan Flanakin notes in this article, there are huge economic, environmental and other issues associated with this. But, he wonders, will We the People be able to raise and discuss them in public forums? Indeed, will Republican Members of Congress have any meaningful opportunities to do so during committee hearings or floor debates? Or will we all just be canceled, censored, silenced and browbeaten into submission in the newly progressive, intolerant and Divided States of America?

“Thank you for posting his article, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues (even if no one is allowed to share it on Twitter, Face Book or even Parler J L ).”

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Americans supposedly just voted for only electric vehicles

The Big Switch will cost trillions and massively change America – not for the better

Duggan Flanakin

The election of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their ultra-progressive cabinet will hasten the death of the internal combustion engine in the United States, despite the nearly even party split in the House and Senate. They will just take their narrow victory as a license to implement all manner of decisions in the name of saving the planet. Or so we’re told. And maybe they’re right.

President-elect Biden has promised his $2-trillion “climate change” plan will include “rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring that 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).” VP-elect Harris has called for beginning this ban by 2035, perhaps even sooner, if they can maintain their momentum for fundamentally transforming America.

Once the sale of new gasoline engine vehicles is banned, the only question remaining is, How long before driving such vehicles is also outlawed? Harris has promised that, under “my plan, by 2045 we will have basically zero emission vehicles only. 100% by 2045.”

Of course, that means zero emissions in the USA, assuming all electricity generation is also zero-emission for charging batteries – despite enormous emission increases in places where battery minerals are mined and processed, and batteries are manufactured (which likely won’t be in America).

To jumpstart the government-mandated transformation of the 99.5% of US vehicles that are not yet ZEVs, Biden ally Sen. Chuck Schumer plans to introduce legislation authorizing $454 billion “cash for clunkers” incentives or rebates, to help people replace gasoline-powered vehicles with super-expensive all-electric vehicles (EVs). Schumer’s plan also includes building a half million new EV battery charging stations, and replacing the entire US government vehicle fleet with EVs.

That’s almost one-quarter of Biden’s $2-trillion climate plan right there. The rest of the massive Green New Deal (GND) will likely cost at least Bernie Sanders’ $16-trillion scheme, if not far more.

Not since Henry Ford introduced the assembly line for his Model T in 1913 has America faced such a transportation transformation. The Big Switch to an all-EV fleet will bring equally massive changes to American society, create new winners and new losers, make owning any vehicle a near impossibility for poor and even middle class families, and shift the balance of world power away from countries that ensure “the free flow of oil at market prices” to those that mine GND minerals (mostly China and Russia).

The Big Switch has been in the works for years. As early as 2017, many countries had already announced dates for banning internal combustion engines (ICEs). Norway said its 2025 date was just a “suggestion,” but Germany, France and the United Kingdom set “firm” dates of 2040, while the Netherlands pushed the funeral to 2030. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, South Korea and Spain also set dates, as did India – and several American states, such as (naturally) California.

Even after 50,000 miles on the road, the typical EV has effectively emitted some 76% as much carbon dioxide as a gasoline-powered vehicle

Major automakers also pledged to end ICE vehicle production soon, even though 2017 polls show that only 30% of millennials (and much lower percentages of older drivers) were willing to “invest” in an electric vehicle. That’s even before considering studies by economist Tilak Doshi and others that even after 50,000 miles on the road, the typical EV has effectively emitted some 76% as much carbon dioxide as a gasoline-powered vehicle.

That’s because, as economist Bjorn Lomborg explained, EV batteries are the product of emission-intensive mining, mineral processing and manufacturing operations, and because the electricity for recharging the batteries often involves additional CO2 emissions.

The term “zero emission vehicles” is obviously a deliberate misnomer, since emissions are just transferred from wealthy Western countries to other nations, where they go steadily upward.

Significant cost increases for petrochemicals, automobile and truck tires, roof shingles, plastics, pharmaceuticals and a host of other products

The Big Switch will create jobs in some sectors. But it will also cause major declines in jobs in the oil and gas industry, declining revenues for convenience stores that profit from gasoline sales, and significant manufacturing cost increases for petrochemicals, automobile and truck tires, roof shingles, plastics, pharmaceuticals and a host of other consumer products that rely on oil and gas for raw materials.

All that also means huge decreases in lease bonus, rent, royalty and tax revenues for fossil fuel states.

Electric vehicle mandates will also harm auto repair and insurance industries. An EV drivetrain has around 20 moving parts, compared with up to 2,000 for ICE vehicles. However, these parts tend to be more expensive and (at least in the near term) less readily available. This means EVs needing repairs or new parts will sit longer in garages and repair shops, and delays in parts availability will increase the overall cost of EV maintenance and ownership. Will insurers cover these added costs?

The Big Switch will also mandate major shifts in tax policy for local and state governments and the federal government, all of which rely heavily on gasoline taxes to pay for highway maintenance and repair. The 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal excise tax goes to the Highway Trust Fund that pays for much of this (with a separate small tax covering remediation of leaking underground fuel storage tanks).

As gasoline sales continue to decline, will Washington find a way to replace this lost revenue?

What will happen to family vacations in cars that require hours of charging for every half-hour of driving?

(Related questions: How will driverless vehicles handle all the proliferating, expanding and deepening potholes? And what will happen to family vacations in cars that require hours of charging for every half-hour of driving? to our tourism and hospitality industries and fundamental freedoms?)

Highways maintained by state and local gasoline taxes are already threatened by declining revenues, thanks to EVs, hybrids and higher-mileage ICE vehicles – and to the 2020 pandemic, which cut highway driving by 64% in April 2020 and significantly ever since. Some states are adding or increasing electric vehicle registration fees: Alabama’s is now $200 for EVs and $100 for plug-in hybrids (a quarter of which will fund EV charging stations), while California began imposing a $100 annual EV fee last July.

That’s not all. People today can purchase an older gasoline-powered vehicle that will pass inspection for well under $2,000. Batteries for these vehicles cost under $200, and many really older vehicles can be repaired by amateur mechanics. By contrast, replacing an EV battery can cost up to $6,000 (or much more), making even used electric vehicles unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans in a nation where half of all vehicles are over ten years old.

Meanwhile, China, India and dozens of other countries are building thousands of new coal and gas-fired electrical generating plants – and putting millions of new ICE vehicles on their roads. So there will be no reduction in global emissions, which means all this pain and disruption in the USA will bring absolutely no benefits, even if CO2 does drive climate change.

Moreover, as recently as 2017, industry experts said EVs will likely reach only 25% of all vehicles worldwide by 2050. People in other countries don’t want and cannot afford them, either.

Equally significant, the Biden-Harris plan also includes a total phaseout of fossil fuels for producing electricity – along with the major increase in electricity needed to keep EVs moving. Even if Biden, Harris, Democrats and Greens accept nuclear energy as a “renewable” (or at least zero-emission) fuel, building enough new nuclear power plants will take decades.

But then, when did Moscow or Beijing ever meet all, most or even some objectives of their Five-Year Plans? Does anyone really think centralized government planning will work better here? More critically:

Will We the People be able to raise and discuss these issues in public forums? Will Republican Members of Congress have any meaningful opportunities to do so during committee hearings or floor debates?

Or will we all just be canceled, censored, silenced and browbeaten into submission in the newly progressive, intolerant and Divided States of America, amid more phony calls for unity and comity?

Duggan Flanakin is Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)


16 thoughts on “Americans supposedly just voted for only electric vehicles”

  1. So, are the less than intelligent in congress, élite, celebs, very wealthy going to not fly their jets till they get electric airplanes?

    • nope
      billygates mates will fly on his private hire fleet he just bought
      the rest of the people
      walk , public transport, uber or stay home

  2. Yes, this is a bad thing for sure. I like EV’s and think they have a place for certain people and commutes but not for all. Also, the cost of these is prohibitive.
    Additionally, the price of fuel has jumped 25 cents in the last few days here in Phoenix after staying at 2.23 or so for the last 6 months or more…Not a good way to start the new year.

  3. WHERE is the Constitution does it say the Government can interfere with rental contracts and put in a moratorium on rent payments? Where? Is this not “taking of property”?

    Where in the Constitution does it say Freedom of Re legion, or Assembly, is prohibited due to a Plandemic, or ANY reason? Where?

    When Syphilitic King George of England forced us to buy British Tea, house Hessian Soldiers, etc, did we not (13% of us) say NO !!

    Yet, today, we are treated worse. We are forced to wear worthless goofy, cheap Chinese masks, and pure hell is coming with President Harris.

    This is going to get ugly.

  4. “…will hasten the death of the internal combustion engine in the United States, despite the nearly even party split in the House and Senate.”

    They should not count on that. Hubris frequently blinds the hyper-ambitious to what it takes to achieve such goals.

    When the hybrid vehicles became available, I thought they were a good idea. It is unfortunate that fuel cell vehicles never really worked out, and I have not seen any reason they could not have worked.

    What this really means is that cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc., will be traffic hubs and if you don’t take commuter transportation to work, you’ll have to walk, which is no fun in the winter. But unfortunately for these day-dreaming twits, it will NOT reduce emissions at all.

    In regard to charging stations, there are many more than you may realize. There is a map of their locations. Many of them offer both a standard charge and a quick charge, but there is nothing available that I can find re: how much damaging a quick charge will do to an EV’s battery.

    The 2nd issue, which none of those idjits ever address, is how this will affect the goods transportation industry, and by that, I mean trucking and long-haul OTR vehicles, which are generally powered by diesel, or a combo of gas/diesel. There is no evidence to date (none that I’ve found) that a Big Rig truck, with a 66,000 pound load, can make a long haul, using electricity as its fuel, on the highways to deliver goods from point-of-origin to a destination several hundred miles away.
    I think it’s logical to say that this is entirely aimed at the POV owner, not the trucking industry (so far). And if The Hoi-Polloi are not going to address that, or even cast a wary eye on trans-oceanic shipping which carries the bulk of goods from China to the USA and other destinations, they only prove their own ignorance when they do that. I think they need to be confronted about it, and about their complete lack of knowledge of the transportation industry.
    To set things in perspective, when I moved out of the city to a suburb 35 miles away, I took the train to work every morning, and home every night, and left my car parked at the train station. When I lived in the city, I took the bus to and from work every day. It saved a lot of money to do so, considering the cost of monthly parking fees downtown.
    Glad I don’t have to deal with it any more.

  5. What is everyone worried about? There isn’t enough lithium on the planet to power all the needed vehicles. The only way that can happen is that the cancel culture does more than cancel your way of life, but your life as well. Now that is something to worry about because it will be an uneducated moron that will be given that power to decide. The nation is still littered with trash incinerators – perfect for getting rid of the cancelled. Happy New Year!

  6. I really wonder where people think their food is going to come from. Milk for example, farmer has to milk the cows, a milk truck picks up the bulk milk, processed in a factory/packing plant, into smaller units, where it is loaded on another truck to be delivered to supermarket. Watching an advert today on the Tellie, telling us we have to get rid of all our pollution and turn off our power. OK are you going to walk to your nearest dairy farm to collect a container of milk, what about your beef, vegetables, your own sewerage, how are you going to deal with that. And then what about your neighbours needs and waste, if you are not careful we will have raw sewerage flowing in the streets aka 1850,s caused a outbreak of cholera. Consider carefully what you are asking of us.

    • As a life long student of John D. Rockefeller, I have always been fascinated with what he achieved.

      One of the clever concepts that he, his wife (where he got most of his ideas), and Henry Flagler (the real Rail Road Genius) came up with was to lease ever single Oil Tanker. It only took a few months for numerous independent refineries to fold. They could not order the oil from the Fields and could not ship it out.

      Standard Oil simple leased every Oil Tanker. They only had to do this for a few months to drive out competition.

      Maybe there is a “Standard Oil” group behind the scenes to do this. Why? Crush American Exports, etc, Trade War, Revenge, etc……

      One only needs to lease these containers for a few months to destroy the competition. Would China ever do that?

    • Don’t worry, the prices will correct after the excess population is culled, and those left will see a return to “pre-green” prices. After all the, mRNA vaccines will probably have sterilized all the remaining “useless eaters” thus the future of the 750 million which includes the elite and their support will have the perfect world to live in.

      With any luck, at that point God will look down upon this world and give it solar flare for the ages and start the process over again.

  7. Civilization was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

    Will we still see freight trains with four engines up front and four more in the middle pulling flatcars loaded with two to four container trailers cross country? Watch the live railcams if you get a chance. Those deliveries are depot to depot. The OTR truckers take over from there. Rail is long haul, trucks are shorter distances, mostly within 200 miles of railheads.

    And none of that will run on electricity alone. Whoever comes up with this stuff really lives on a cloud of some kind, where electricity comes out of the wall sockets and food comes from the store.

    Excuse me while I fall down laughing. While I would not mind driving a horse and hauling my stuff in a buggy, the idea of giving up modern transportation because a bunch of brainless twits are trying to “save the planet” is something that bears closer examination. They are nuts.

    • Sara – crazy as it sounds, in Australia a huge amount of freight is moved by trucks, the roads at night are frightening. And of course out of the cities we have road trains, huge trucks towing 3 trailers. Even more frightening, if you meet one on the road you get off as far as you can to the left.
      The historical reason for this is every state built there own railways all with different width rails, so moving trains from one state to another was and exercise in unloading and reloading the goods onto a different flatbeds. This was still going on in the 1970’s, and yes I could be wrong, but as I understand it to some extent still happening.

  8. The real problem is that people are wasteful. It isn’t just DiCrapio flying in his eyebrow plucker from Sydney but the majority are unaware or don’t care how much they waste as long as it remains affordable.
    Anyone relying on solar panels is intimately aware of the resources it takes to live in relative comfort. Solar isn’t THE answer but it does place responsibility squarely on the user but that’s a verboten concept in the nanny state.

  9. I’m trying to figure out how switching to unreliables will help with all of the EV’s that will need to be charged. I predict that there will be power blackouts and brownouts thereby making EV’s next to useless.

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