“Electric fantasy,” Carmel Pine Cone – Sept. 16, 2022
A week ago, Governor Newsom signed a law requiring that all new cars should be electric by 2035 — effectively banning gasoline cars. The very next day, a government agency asked everyone to refrain from charging electric cars due to possible blackouts. Only 6% of cars on California roads are electric today.
What is going to happen if every car is electrical? Will we be sitting in the dark most of the time? Our electric grid cannot handle that amount of electricity. To go totally electric, we would need 50 more highly toxic lithium mines, 60 more nickel mines, and 17 more cobalt mines, most located in totalitarian countries. This would mean strip mining the entire planet.
If our governor were truly concerned about the environment, he would ban private jets. They expend 40 tons of omissions during each flight, more than I will use in my lifetime.
Of course, private jets will not be banned because the elites want their luxury. It will be the average person who will be affected by the higher costs of electric vehicles and the cost of replacement batteries (think $20,000). This is foolishness, We do not have the capability to make everything electric today or by 2035.
Sharon Field, Salinas