SAC1 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:23 am
Interesting article in the Oct edition of CAR maazine by Gavin Green, titled:
"Manufacturing emmissions mean new EVs have a higher carbon footprint than a new petrol car
and concludes with "So, instead of parading heavy new carbon-intensive EVs at Glagow, I suggest a fleet of well-maintained, fuel frugal lightweight Peugeot 107s......"
I just the hope that the good and the great have got this BEV solution right. In the music world we went from vinyl to tapes to cartridge [in two opposing formats] to CD to MP3 to memory stick to now down loads over the air. Intrigingly vinyl has made a come back laterly.
Bit like the car and the horse! Where I Iive in the countryside, there are more horses than ever and with all their emmissions!!
Trouble is if its an article in a car magazine then the assumption is there will be bias. Of course the same will be true if its an article in the independent or other green leaning paper or magazine. As with everything else in the world just at the moment ( vaccines, face masks, politics ) everything is either black of white when the real world works in shades of grey ( not the book ).
Electric is definitely the answer, except it involves digging great big hols in the rock we all live on and transporting the contents all over the planet and then burning more lumps of dug-up stuff to keep them running. Green leaning people don’t want to see that. Likewise you have coal rollers in the US specifically modifying their horrendous diesel monstrosities to make them look like satans steam engines. We all need to live in the middle somewhere.
What we need is a sensible science-based discussion on the best way forward. This may be hydrogen fuel cell, it may be better battery tech that doesn’t include digging holes everywhere or it may be bio fuels that enable us to carry on using our ICE cars but without people dying from the fumes around London’s ring roads.
But what we have is ever increasing histrionics and morons who think causing 15 miles traffic james on the M25 and endangering people lives and livelihoods is an appropriate solution. We also have the press increasing the furore with more and more divisive articles designed solely to get clicks or sell papers.
Nuclear is a sensible option. It produces next to no pollution, is cheap and easy but it has the word nuclear in it and when it goes wrong can be a tad unpleasant. However nuclear is such a pariah now that no politician would ever go near it. Coal really isn’t the answer because of the big holes again ( although with modern tech it can be made a lot less polluting ).
Sadly I suspect all we will get from now on is knee jerk reactions and with ill informed people like Gretta grabbing all the headlines we won’t get any common sense or sustainable solutions.
What we all need to accept is that the ill informed green argument has the stand just at the moment and is likely to have it long enough to ring the death nell of the ICE. So as I have said before, smoke ‘em whilst you’ve got ‘em.
Gents ( and ladies), whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, we are the dinosaurs and that large chunk of rock is heading our way.