From Tallbloke’s Talkshop
August 24, 2023 by oldbrew
The numbers just don’t add up. Net zero-style mandates from climate obsessives don’t take reality seriously. Firstly, the ageing electricity grid can’t take the strain. Secondly, new transmission lines take many years to approve, let alone build. Thirdly, a shortage of transformers – which take a long time to make and can’t be mass-produced – also precludes rapid progress. That’s without even discussing the unpredictable intermittency of renewables.
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Policies enacted by the Biden administration and the previous, Democrat-controlled Congress are set to plunge the USA into a serious energy crisis in the coming years, says The Telegraph.
It all has to do with the Biden government’s decision to try to force mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) before either the market or the power grid can adjust to meet the whopping new demand for power generation or to supply the critical minerals needed to make the batteries that power the cars.
Democrat members of Congress and Biden’s appointed officials are coordinating an effort to force EV adoption on reluctant consumers via a classic carrot and stick approach.
The Orwellian 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides the carrot in the form of billions of dollars in new subsidies for EV makers and buyers alike, while the Biden EPA applies the proverbial stick by invoking stricter tailpipe emissions controls and higher mileage requirements designed to force most current internal combustion engine (ICE) models out of the market.
The desired result, according to the White House, will be that two thirds of cars on the road by 2032 will be EVs.
Given that Hedges & Co reports there were 290 million cars on US roads in 2022, and accounting for likely growth over the next decade, this would mean well over 200 million EVs on US roads in just 9 years.
That compares to roughly 3 million EVs currently, so we’re talking about a 70-fold rise in EV adoption in that short period of time.
No problem, right?
Wrong. There are plenty of problems with this concept – very large and imposing problems, in fact.
Full article here.