Electric Vehicle subsidies, fantasies and realities

“We need subsidies to persuade people to buy them, and mandates to force people to buy them.” “Texans now know how well wind turbines and solar panels work when “runaway global warming” turns to record cold and snow.”
– Paul Driessen


“Electric vehicles are all the rage,” writes Paul Driessen. “Even AOC and Mini AOC have one. And it’s not just Tesla anymore. More and more car makers are promising to offer only EVs in a few more years. All kinds of emission, climate and other benefits are attributed to EVs, with few or no downsides ever mentioned. And yet their sales are heavily subsidized and could soon be mandated by the Green New Deal and various state laws. Those are certainly mixed messages, to say the least.”

“In this article, I take a hard look at the claims, subsidies, mandates, fantasies and realities associated with EVs – especially the claim that they are emission-free and climate and environment friendly. It turns out that those benefits accrue where the cars are DRIVEN, depending on the source of the electricity used to charge them. The adverse ecological and human rights impacts mostly occur outside the United States, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America: out of sight and out of mind. They’re just swept under the rug.”


EV subsidies, fantasies and realities

Electric vehicles are trendy but not very Earth-friendly, affordable or emission-free

Paul Driessen

Tesla may be synonymous with electric vehicles right now. But within a few years, GM, Volvo and many other manufacturers will be making mostly or only EVs, because they’re emission-free, climate-friendly, socially and ecologically responsible, and more affordable every year. Which explains why we need subsidies to persuade people to buy them, and mandates to force people to buy them.

Banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030

President Biden wants all new light/medium-duty vehicles sold by 2035 to be EVs. Vice President Harris wants only ZEVs (zero emission vehicles) on America’s roads by 2045. Various states are considering or have already passed similar laws; some would even ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030. Climate Czar John Kerry will likely be happy to buy EVs to expand his fleet of twelve cars, two yachts, six houses, and the private jet he flies in to accept climate crusader awards.

AOC would use her Green New Deal to “massively” expand electric vehicle manufacturing and use. She herself now drives an EV, most likely a $48,000 Tesla Model 3 Long Range (350 miles per charge).

Mini AOC also has an EV, pink and suitably sized for a 10-year-old. She launched her GND and bought her mini-car after viewing, “like, the most important documentary on climate change. It’s called Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. That’s not me saying it. That’s science!” she explained. “My Green New Deal will cost, like, 93 trillion dollars. Do you know how much that is? Me neither. Because it’s totally worth it. If sea levels keep rising, we won’t be able to drive to Hawaii anymore!” (Not even in her EV!)

For some people EVs are an easy choice. But why the hefty subsidies? Why do the rest of us need mandates and diktats – and a new Henry Ford dictum, letting consumers have any kind of car they want, as long as it’s electric. Regardless of needs or preferences. (But at least we can choose the color.)

Who’s actually getting the subsidies? and who’s paying for them?

More important, who’s actually getting the subsidies? and who’s paying for them? What other costs and unintended consequences are Big Green, Big Government, Big Media and Big Tech keeping quiet about?

A 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range can go 412 miles on a multi-hour charge; its MSRP is $80,000. The Model Y all-wheel-drive is $58,000. A Nissan Leaf is “only” $34,000 but only goes 149 miles. Mileage of course assumes temperatures are moderate and drivers aren’t using the cars’ heater or AC. Similar sticker-shock prices apply to other EV makes and models, putting them out of reach for most families.

To soften the blows to budgets and liberties, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to spend $454 billion to install 500,000 new EV charging stations, replace US government vehicles with EVs, and finance “cash for clunkers” rebates to help at least some families navigate this transportation transformation.

Politicians are being pressured to retain the $7,500 per car federal tax credit (and sweet state tax rebates) now scheduled to lapse once a manufacturer’s cumulative vehicle sales since 2009 reach 200,000. EV drivers also want other incentives perpetuated: free charging stations, access to HOV lanes for plug-ins with only the driver, and not having to pay fees that substitute for gasoline taxes to finance the construction, maintenance and repair of highways they drive on.

A perverse reverse-Robin-Hood system

A 2015 study found that the richest 20% of Americans received 90% of these generous EV subsidies. No surprise there. Clearly, lobbyists are more valuable than engineers for EV manufacturers and drivers.

This perverse reverse-Robin-Hood system also means subsidies are financed by taxpayers – including millions of working class and minority families, most of which will never be able to afford an EV.

Any cash for clunkers program will exacerbate the problem. By enabling sufficiently wealthy families to trade fossil-fuel cars for EVs, it will result in millions of perfectly drivable cars and trucks that would have ended up in used car lots getting crushed and melted instead. Basic supply and demand laws mean the average cost of pre-owned ICE vehicles will soar by thousands of dollars, pricing even them out of reach for millions of lower-income families. They’ll be forced to buy pieces of junk or ride buses and subways jammed with people they hope won’t be carrying next-generation COVID.

The United States will begin to look like Cuba, which still boasts legions of classic 1960s and ‘70s cars that are cared for and kept on the road with engines, brakes and other parts cannibalized from wrecks and even old Soviet cars. Once the states and federales ban gasoline sales, even that will end.

Texans now know how well wind turbines and solar panels work when “runaway global warming” turns to record cold and snow

Perhaps even more ironic and perverse, the “zero emissions vehicle” moniker refers only to emissions in the USA – and only if the electricity required to manufacture and charge ZEVs comes from non-fossil-fuel power plants. Texans now know how well wind turbines and solar panels work when “runaway global warming” turns to record cold and snow. Californians have to dodge future rolling blackouts.

For several years now, production engineers have been pondering how to retool plants from ICE to EV engines. They better start thinking about how to retool and power their entire factories – and our planet.

With many politicians and environmentalists equally repulsed by nuclear and hydroelectric power, having any electricity source will soon be a recurrent challenge. Having reliable, affordable electricity will be a pipe dream. Simply having enough electricity to replace all of today’s coal and gas power generation, internal combustion vehicle fuels, natural gas for cooking, heating and emergency power, coal and gas for smelters and factories, and countless other now-fossil-fuel uses, will be a miracle.

Every home, neighborhood and city will also have to replace existing gas and electric systems to handle the extra loads. More trillions of dollars. There’s also the matter of nasty, toxic, impossible-to-extinguish lithium battery fires – in cars now, and soon in homes, parking garages and backup battery facilities.

We’re talking millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels, billions of battery modules, thousands of miles of new transmission lines.

They’ll kill birds and bats, disrupt or destroy sensitive habitats, and impair or eradicate hundreds of plant and animal species. As electricity prices rise, US factories won’t be able to compete against China and other nations that don’t have to and will not stop using fossil fuels.

Zero emission fantasies also ignore the essential role of fossil fuels in manufacturing ZEVs (and pretend-renewable energy systems). From mining and processing the myriad metals and minerals for EV battery modules, wiring, drivetrains and bodies, to actually making the components and finished vehicles, every step requires oil, natural gas or coal. Not in California or America perhaps, but elsewhere on Planet Earth, especially Africa, Asia and South America, most often with Chinese companies in leading roles.

A single EV battery module needs some 30 pounds of lithium, plus many other metals and materials totaling at least 1,000 pounds: from commonplace iron, copper, aluminum and petroleum-based plastics, to “exotics” like cobalt and multiple rare earth elements. An EV requires three times more copper than its ICE counterpart; a single wind turbine needs some 3.5 tons of copper per megawatt of electricity.

And every 1,000 tons of finished copper involves mining, crushing, refining and smelting some 125,000 tons of ore – and removing thousands of tons of overburden and surrounding rock just to reach the ore. The same is true for all these other materials, especially rare earths. Try to imagine the cumulative global impacts from all this mining and fossil fuel use – so that AOC, Al Gore, Leo Di Caprio and other wealthy, saintly people can drive “clean, green, climate-friendly” electric cars. (That’s OK. Mini AOC can’t either.)

Even worse, many of these materials are dug up and turned into “virtuous” EVs, wind turbines and solar panels – in China, Congo, Bolivia and other places – with little regard for child labor, fair wages, workplace safety, air and water pollution, toxic and radioactive wastes, endangered species and mined land reclamation. It’s all far away, out of sight and out of mind, and thus irrelevant. And amid all this is the touchy issue of Uighur genocide and their people being sent to re-education/slave labor camps, to help meet China’s mineral, EV and other export markets.

How long will we let real social, environmental and climate justice take a back seat to EV mythology?

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books, reports and articles on energy, environmental, climate and human rights issues.


12 thoughts on “Electric Vehicle subsidies, fantasies and realities”

  1. Fortunately, I will not live long enough to see the eventual collapse of this pipe dream. I only hope that my children and grandchildren will survive this global debacle.

  2. Why is VP Harris wishing for a ZEV? Why not just go all the way and wish for a Perpetual Motion Machine. Its just as likely to happen.

    • & this is the reality of a small ICE engine and an electric drive chain with a Battery.
      Can a EV only do the same?
      Quote “My Ford C-Max hybrid gets a legitimate 49+ mpg.
      600 miles on a full tank and charge”.

  3. Got to love “Stupid”!
    AOC says: “If sea levels keep rising, we won’t be able to drive to Hawaii anymore!” (Not even in her EV!)”

    Really, AOC? —- Nobody has ever “Driven” to Hawaii… It’s either boat or plane! And that $93 Trillion you speak of is only a down payment on this insanity!
    Sorry, AOC, but my pet rock still has more brains!

    Better plant those wind machines farther south, for the ice build-up will drastically reduce energy output let alone muck up our views! Meanwhile, they plan to build wind farms out in the ocean off the north east coast. I guess they didn’t read about what happened in Texas! (See article below about icing)

    Battery back up? First they need to produce more energy than needed before they can waste electricity charging expensive batteries that will have to be replaced in 7 to 10 years.

    Field Research Shows Icing Can Cost Wind Turbines Up to 80% of Power Production

    From: https://scitechdaily.com/field-research-shows-icing-can-cost-wind-turbines-up-to-80-of-power-production/

    Researchers led by Iowa State’s Hui Hu took their studies of wind-turbine icing out of the lab and into the field to learn how and where ice accumulates on rotating blades. They learned ice on the blades can reduce power production by up to 80%. The field study also validated their experimental findings, theories and predictions.

    Wind turbine blades spinning through cold, wet conditions can collect ice nearly a foot thick on the yard-wide tips of their blades.

    That disrupts blade aerodynamics. That disrupts the balance of the entire turbine. And that can disrupt energy production by up to 80 percent, according to a recently published field study led by Hui Hu, Iowa State University’s Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering and director of the university’s Aircraft Icing Physics and Anti-/De-icing Technology Laboratory.

    Hu has been doing laboratory studies of turbine-blade icing for about 10 years, including performing experiments in the unique ISU Icing Research Tunnel. Much of that work has been supported by grants from the Iowa Energy Center and the National Science Foundation.

    “But we always have questions about whether what we do in the lab represents what happens in the field,” Hu said. “What happens over the blade surfaces of large, utility-scale wind turbines?”

    We all know about one thing that recently happened in the field. Wind power and other energy sources froze and failed in Texas during last month’s winter storm.

    ** More to read at above site.

  4. Would it also mean not just the major elements of the grid but right down to needing an entire electricity infrastructure right down to the local sub station level including new sub stations and perhaps under there to major changes at the lowest level of distribution?

  5. get old cars in decent nick now and one for parts and hang onto them
    no loans means repairs are manageable
    and old cars mean DIY is also do able

  6. To replace ICE personal vehicles alone will require generating at least five times the electricity we generate now.

    What about dozers, excavators, combine harvesters, international shipping, the trains which are not electric at present, trucks, planes etc etc.

    People who advocate zero emissions by ant time are either liars or stupid beyond belief – those who think it will be done in a few years are simply insane !

    Oh – I forgot the rent seekers !

  7. ht tps://greatgameindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/COVID-19-Vaccine-Developers-Oxford-AstraZeneca-Linked-To-UK-Eugenics-Movement-1-696×435.jpg

    A whistleblower from the WHO, Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger in a stunning confession exposed the suspicious activities of Bill Gates and GAVI. In the 41st session of the Corona Investigative Committee she said the rules under which countries work with WHO virtually put WHO in charge of all rules and formal edicts and announcements — with Gates being right there as part of the executive board like an unofficial member state, making decisions that affect the entire world.
    ht tps://greatgameindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WHOWhistleblowerDrAstridStuckelbergerExposeSuspiciousActivitiesOfBillGatesAndGAVI.mp4

    chrislunnspeaks December 30, 2020 at 9:57 pm:
    Conspiracy realist or Coincidence theorist. What’s the difference? I’ll show you–THIS is a Coincidence theory:

    “The Chinese biological laboratory in Wuhan is owned by Glaxosmithkline who (by coincidence) owns Pfizer! (the one who produces the vaccine for the virus that (by coincidence) started in the biological laboratory in Wuhan, which (by coincidence) was funded by Dr. Fauci who is (by coincidence) promoting the vaccine!

    GlaxoSmithKline (by coincidence) is managed by Black Rock finances who (by coincidence) manages the finances of the Open Foundation Company (Soros Foundation) which (by coincidence) serves the French AXA!

    By coincidence Soros owns the German company Winterthur which (by coincidence) built the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan and was bought by the German Allianz which (by coincidence) has Vanguard as a shareholder which (by coincidence) is a shareholder of Black Rock, which (by coincidence) controls the central banks and manages about one third of the global investment capital.

    Black Rock (by coincidence) is also a major shareholder of MICROSOFT, the property of Bill Gates, who (by coincidence) is a shareholder of Pfizer (which–you remember? is selling the miracle vaccine) and (by coincidence) is currently the first sponsor of WHO !!!

    So now you understand how a dead bat sold in a wet market in China [PSYOP’d] infected the ENTIRE PLANET

  8. Decreasing Cycle Strength Reminiscent of Solar MGM and MM (Maunder Minimum/Eddy Minimum)
    It has been almost 175 years since Heinrich Schwabe discovered the 11-year sunspot cycle in 1843. With the development of solar dynamo theory as the mechanism responsible for creating the Sun’s magnetic field, the sunspot cycle was realized to be a manifestation of the Sun’s magnetic cycle (see Charbonneau 2014 for a review). About 140 years after the discovery of sunspot cycle, Eddy (1976) compiled strong historical evidence spanning centuries to show that the “prolonged sunspot minimum” period from 1645 to 1715, as speculated by Gustav Spörer in 1889 and E. W Maunder in 1894, was real. Eddy called this period the Maunder Minimum (MM). Two other such periods, although less dramatic, were identified by the community (e.g., Siscoe 1980), the Dalton (1796–1820) and Spörer Minima (1460–1550).6 Such periods are now more generally termed Magnetic Grand Minima (MGM; e.g., Saar & Testa 2012) and are characterized by repressed magnetic activity that lasts longer than at least the typical cycle of the star.

    So in preparation for the incoming Eddy Solar MGM we have the…
    “Lock Step” Operation Coming To Life Right Now and the Fourth Reich World Order/Eugenics Reset in motion.

    BOMBSHELL report – Same tech industry that powered Holocaust computational machines now backing VACCINE compliance tracking and food allowance.
    IBM is partnering with mRNA vaccine developer Moderna to provide its computational platforms and machines to enforce vaccine compliance. Microsoft/IBM thrilled to do more business with the genocidal, organ harvesting communist China regime. At the same time, Microsoft is now expanding its business with the world’s leading genocide nation, communist China. As the Free Beacon reports, the Bill Gates [Globalist Eugenics “Frontperson”] founded company isn’t at all concerned that China is carrying out every action of genocide and anti-human cruelty that fits in the definition of the term “genocide.” Yet even when the CCP deploys hackers to compromise and infiltrate Microsoft’s MS Exchange programs to exploit customer email data, Microsoft is still happy to do more business with communist China. That’s because Microsoft/IBM have long had “eugenics” type ethics. In fact, there is no prominent tech company that has any pre-mass genocide type morals, ethics or humanity remaining whatsoever. They’re all about the profit and the control over humanity, and if they have to watch while six billion human beings are mass murdered on the planet, they’re fine with that as long as they get to sell more computing services to the executioners. IBM hasn’t changed since the days of the Third Reich, in other words, and newer companies like Microsoft have already made deals with the Globalists to promote the mass extermination of human beings in order to achieve globalist/Bill Gates’ depopulation goals. Big Tech endorses mass murder on a scale that few people can [or want to] even grasp. The full details of this horrifying, techno-fascist criminal cartel are revealed in today’s Situation Update podcast that I consider a “can’t miss” episode if you want to understand the real world:
    ht tp://brighteon.com/e5ffc8d6-a5af-4f68-8a8e-14a175680cd7

    ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dark_Winter

    ht tps://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-approves-emergency-exemption-antiviral-air-treatment
    ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grignard_reagent
    ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triethylene_glycol

    Managing a large ranch ball going into a long Ice Age GSM/MGM/MM “Deep Freeze”, “Dark Winter” in “Lockstep” with planning “Event 201(s)” and “Great Fourth Reich/Reset(s)” requires sophisticated AI Coordinated Lockstep Operations, Practice Drills, Testing Infrastructure [Antarctic Bases, Deep Underground Bases, DUMB(s) etc], Eugenics/Herd Control/Management [using psyops, chemical/bioweapons and military] and especially Overall/Overseeing Advanced Level Logistical Planning:
    Operation Deep Freeze I [1955-56]
    Operation Deep Freeze II [1955-57]
    Operation_Deep_Freeze III… etc.

    ME’s, Jade Helm 15, 911’s, NASA, false flags etc.
    The Pentagon had to go public this week with an unusual admission that, no, it was not in fact secretly planning to take over the state of Texas.
    https://www.henrymakow.com/upload_images/Dees-forced-vacs.jpg (not so funny anymore)

    ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Deep_Freeze

    McNulty said missions like this are vital to learn more about the world, its past and future. Operation Deep Freeze ensures the mission stays on course.
    ht tps://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/2161943/operation-deep-freeze-maintaining-the-mission/

    ht tps://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/igy1/igy1.html
    ht tps://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/wo.html

    Deep Freeze III Task Force 43 – Naval History and Heritage Command [1958-58]
    ht tps://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/museums/Seabee/Cruisebooks/postwwiicruisebooks/antarctica-cruisebooks/DEEPFREEZE%20III%20TASK%20FORCE%2043%201957-58.pdf

    United States activities in the Antarctic, 1962–63: Operation “Deep Freeze 63”
    ht tps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/polar-record/article/abs/united-states-activities-in-the-antarctic-196263-operation-deep-freeze-63/A08100EBFF314FCF435A63E56EADF506

    Deep Freeze III Task Force 43 – Naval History and Heritage Command (1964)
    ht tps://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/museums/Seabee/Cruisebooks/postwwiicruisebooks/antarctica-cruisebooks/DEEP%20FREEZE%20TASK%20FORCE%2043_1964.pdf

    USA preparing for the Solar MSM/MM/Eddy GSM

    Disney [Globalist] involved too…
    ht tps://www.maggs.com/task-force-43-ashtray_194180.htm

    ht tps://www.whs.mil/News/News-Display/Article/2364205/operation-deep-freeze-kicks-off-2020-2021-main-season/
    (note the Classified World News Services psyops are still in the planning stage for this article)

    United States aircraft losses in Antarctica 1946 to the end of the Deep Freeze 73summer season in March 1973.
    While aviation contributes to the success of the U.S.effort in Antarctica, this contribution has not been with-out significant losses. Since the beginning of OperationHighjump, in 1946, 40 U.S. scientists and support per-sonnel have died in Antarctica; 29 of them died in aircraft accidents. In all, 20 helicopters and 30 fixedwing airplanes have been destroyed while flying in sup-port of U.S. antarctic programs. This paper reports indetail the U.S. aircraft losses during operations in Ant-arctica from 1946 to the end of the Deep Freeze 73 summer season in March 1973. [big business research and infrastructure [incl D.U.M.B.s] worth multiple billions/trillions.
    ht tps://s3.amazonaws.com/Antarctica/AJUS/AJUSvIXn1/AJUSvIXn1p1.pdf

    ht tps://military.wikia.org/wiki/Military_activity_in_the_Antarctic


    D.U.M.B.S – Deep Underground Military Bases
    A Look Inside The US Bunker Hidden In Cheyenne Mountain | Super Structures | Spark •Sep 25, 2019
    ht tps://youtu.be/c6Yz0ReoU5Q

    ht tps://users.aalto.fi/~saarit2/mindcontrol/Illuminati_Mind_Control.pdf

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