Engaged On Energy

 

Welcome to this week’s Engaged on Energy. I’m Rick Whitbeck, and tonight, we’re taking a look at another widely-spread message, and fact-checking it against reality.

 

You hear it all the time on TV, radio and on social media. It is time to ‘go green’ and get an electric vehicle, or EV. After all, who doesn’t want a new car, especially one that gets tremendous miles-per-gallon, or may not use any gas at all? EVs are great – who wouldn’t want one?

But as usual, they’re not telling you the whole story. Because the process of building an EV – at least presently – is most likely done using slave labor, under the guise of corrupt governments, and is doing untold damage to people and the Earth.

 

Then there is the whole misnomer that EVs are actually better for the Earth. They might be someday, but right now, all you do when using an EV is move the emissions from the tailpipe of the vehicle back to the power plant that is providing the electricity!

 

Lithium batteries that power EVs only last eight years on average. What happens to them when they run out of juice? Recycling centers for EV components aren’t widespread, nor is the process of disposing of the batteries in an earth-friendly manner.

 

Oh, and unless the charging stations for EVs are powered by the sun or wind – and there aren’t a whole lot of those planned for Alaska, and perhaps not Wyoming, you’re not going to see an environmental benefit, and it will actually cause grid issues as EVs become more prevalent.

 

So, before we give in to the rhetoric and buy an EV, we need to talk about all the facts. It might not be the time to buy that EV, because behind the wheel might be forced labor, unchecked environmental injustices and giving your dollars to China, Russia or various warlords around the world.

 

That’ll do it for this week. Be sure to contact me at rick@powerthefuture.com with comments or suggestions for a future segment. Thanks for tuning in, and have an energy-filled week, everyone!