Liar liars and the lies they tell about electric cars
Electric cars are popping up everywhere. In 2012, the Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF were curiosities. Today the US market is filled with electric cars from Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, and Volvo, and GM and Nissan will be in the party later this year. There are more brands and models of electric cars in China than you can shake a stick, and in Europe, PSA Group and Stellantis offer more electric car models. Even Toyota seems ready to ditch its hydrogen fuel cell plans and jump on the EV bandwagon – finally.
The more electric cars come onto the market, the more the people who are considered the biggest losers in the electric car revolution (that would be the oil companies) attack. The latest tactic is to claim that the emissions associated with breaking down the materials used to make EV batteries are so great that any claim they are environmentally friendly is false.
In Australia, the federal government is yelling about how electric cars will ruin Australian families’ weekend because they can’t go very far and can’t pull things like boats and trailers. The despicable ScoMo and his henchmen warn the Australians that electric cars mean the end of their beloved Uten – that’s basically how they say “pickup truck” in Australian. Are These Lies Right? Let’s take a look.
The emissions lie of the EV supply chain
Study conducted by the Yale School of Environment and recently published in the journal Nature communication responded to the claim that the environmental benefits of electric vehicles disappear when the emissions from the electric car supply chain and the emissions from power generation are combined to power them. In fact, the critics argue that EVs are actually worse for the environment as vehicles with internal combustion engines!
How can that be? Well, EV batteries use a lot of nickel, lithium, and cobalt. More electric vehicles mean more mining, and we all know mining is a dirty business. More mining means more emissions, right? And not only that, electric cars need electricity (there’s a shocker, right?) And a lot of electricity comes from burning coal, so more electricity means more emissions. It’s as clear as the face on your nose!
These are the kind of claims the Yale researchers investigated. Here is what they found. âThe surprising thing was how much lower the emissions from electric vehicles were,â says postdoc Stephanie Weber. “The supply chain for combustion vehicles is so dirty that electric vehicles cannot outperform it, even when taking indirect emissions into account.”
The research team combined concepts from energy economy and industrial ecology – CO2 pricing, life cycle assessment and modeling of energy systems – to find out whether CO2 emissions can still be reduced, taking into account indirect emissions from the supply chain of electric vehicles.
“A major concern with electric vehicles is that the supply chain, including the mining and processing of raw materials and the manufacture of batteries, is far from clean,” says Yale economics professor Ken Gillingham. âSo if we price the carbon in these processes, we expect electric vehicles to be exorbitantly expensive. It turns out that it doesn’t. If you level the playing field by also pricing the carbon in the supply chain of fossil fuel vehicles, EV sales would actually go up. âUnsurprisingly, the researchers found that the advantage of EVs over conventional cars is even greater is, the more the electricity grid is decarbonised.
The research team collected data using a National Energy Modeling System created by the Energy Information Administration, which models the entire US energy system. According to lead researcher Paul Wolfram, “the elephant in space is the supply chain of fossil fuel vehicles, not electric vehicles.” He adds, the faster we switch to electric vehicles, the better, especially in countries with significant renewable supplies Electricity like the USA. The researchers conclude:
âWhile the direct emissions from BEVs are expected to be lower than those from ICEVs, it is surprising that emissions outside the tailpipe are actually lower. This sheds new light on the current public debate about âdirtyâ batteries and electricity. In fact, the simultaneous reduction in direct and indirect emissions indicates a win-win situation for climate protection, so that a climate policy with very high BEV shares represents a no-regrets strategy with regard to emissions (but only if the Continue to decarbonise electricity, as assumed in our main scenarios). “
Fossil fuel defenders keep yapping about wanting a level playing field. But they never talk about the massive damage oil and methane production is doing to the earth, the trillions in direct and indirect subsidies they receive each year from governments around the world, or the egregious human impact of the use of their products Bless you. In other words, the last What they want is a level playing field, on which all facts are known, so that people and governments can make rational decisions.
Put simply, they are lying through their teeth because they want to protect their massive profits regardless of the cost to society. It is a “heads win, tails, lose” strategy aimed at throwing sand in the gears of change in order to sustain its planet-wrecking business practices for as long as possible. These people should be imprisoned for crimes against humanity and not be rewarded with a big bonus for the destruction of the earth.
We have the “ruined the weekend” movement in Australia
Speaking of crimes against humanity, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his evil gang of underlings are among the worst offenders. According to The driven one, In 2019 ScoMo and his band came up with a gigantic lie to counter a Labor Party initiative to support the EV revolution. They shouted that electric cars would “ruin the weekend” for many because electric cars have a short range and take hours and hours to charge. They also suggested that the EV movement would mark the end of the Uten that Australians depend on for a living. Telling an Australian the government is coming for their Ute is like telling someone in northern Idaho that the government is coming for their bazooka. It’s a visceral stimulus that hits the heart of his testosterone-fueled concept of what it means to be a man.
However, people are interesting characters. Australian EV drivers took Morrison’s words and threw them in his face and posted them online about how their adventures across the country “ruined their weekend” in their EVs – over and over again. One intrepid EVer even posted that his electric vehicle “ruined” his entire week of vacation as he happily sped from one vacation destination to another. A Facebook page “I Ruined The Weekend” now has over 500 members who share their electric car exploits online.
After a 1000 kilometer hike along the coast in Western Australia in her Tesla Model 3, Katrin Swindell posted:
âAnother weekend ruined, drove a total of 980 km for one night in the cloudy but beautiful Bremen Bay. 2 charging stops each way at the Williams Tesla quick charger and the Katanning visitor center charger which gave us time for brunch / lunch and then a pot of tea / coffee and the chance to stretch our legs. I can confirm that the battery has a better range than my bladder ð¥º. The total cost of topping up in Katanning was $ 18 with the rest being free. The Bremer Bay Resort offers free Tesla charging and we still have Tesla charging credit that we use on the quick chargers. “
Jay Smith wrote: “Why ruin the weekend when you can ruin a whole week ?! It’s great to be able to try out some of the new public EV fast chargers between Mildura and Melbourne last week.â Aussies have an incredible sense of humor. Maybe at the next election they’ll get the last laugh at the disgusting Morrison and sweep him and his entourage into the bin of history where they belong.
Take that away
It’s sad to think that some small-minded people would actually spend valuable time attacking electric vehicles, but it just goes to show that if you pay enough, they’ll say anything. The truth does not interest these weak people. But when you read CleanTechnica, You have been vaccinated against such poison. Go there! Spread the word! Driving an electric car is normal, it’s fun, it’s socially responsible, and it’s becoming mainstream faster than anyone would have thought possible a decade ago. Drive electrically. Be happy!
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