Oilbama and what passes for a green movement talk breezily of “clean energy,” as if the only thing blocking a rapid and thorough transition to an alt-energy economy is oil-industry corruption and political indecision.
In the misleading verbiage of such false prophets, you never get any details. Why not? Because the facts are entirely contrary to the promises.
Leaving aside geology and EROEI, let’s examine the single point at which the fuel meets the car, shall we?
According to recent “good news,” “JFE Engineering claim[s] to have produced a quick charger which can replenish 50 percent of an EV’s battery level in just three minutes. The company also claims the system could recharge up to 70 percent in just five minutes.”
The news here is that this promises some relief from the fact that recharging an electric automobile is generally an overnight process, not a 5-minute pitstop.
The price of the speedy new charging unit? $120,000 per unit.
As of 2007, there were 117,908 gas stations in the United States.
$120,000 x 117,908 = $14,148,960,000.
So, putting one single electric car charger at each filling station in the USA would cost 14.1 billion dollars.
Of course, the average automobile fueling depot needs and has probably 6-10 gasoline hoses springing off its meters. This is for the obvious reason that motorists don’t want to wait half an hour to access a single hose.
So, re-fitting the nation’s gas stations for a fully electric fleet would actually cost more like $100 billion.
And, of course, we [read: the babysitters our overclass hires for us] love the free market and don’t begrudge gas station owners getting rich. Gas stations, in other words, are not owned by the public. So, this $100 billion expenditure would have to be done voluntarily by the nation’s fueling entrepreneurs, for whom such outlays represent deductions from their returns-on-investment.
And, of course, all this is merely the cost of the electron-dispensing units. It says nothing about the radical reconstruction of the underlying electrical generation and distribution system that such a conversion would require.
Bottom line: As the car capitalists know, electric cars are a minor diversion, a profitable trick on hoodwinked green shoppers and a crucial political psy-op against the general public.
The latest proof is an email he’s apparently sent to his entranced minions, on this, the eve of what is sure to be a solemn statement of Oval Office timidity.
In this email, Obummer says this:
“The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything — from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks — more energy-efficient.”
In other words: Join me in fighting our cancer, by reshaping our tumor!
And there’s also this:
“Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy — and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.”
What exactly are “clean energy” and “this program” to which we merely need to “shift”? Nobody, including Mr. Obummer himself, has a clue, because neither exists.
Most likely, what Obama is suggesting is more subsidies for negative EROEI ethanol production and tax breaks for the electric cars that the overclass is planning to use as a distraction. Neither of these things is remotely serious as a potential solution to the ridiculous level of energy waste that cars-first transportation, on behalf of our investing class, imposes on us. And any fool who suggests otherwise is literally dumping more petroleum onto a raging inferno.
All the while, according to Obama, “entrepreneurship” is the answer rather than the force that brought us exactly to this deregulated, profits-über-alles point.
Suicidal ideology you can believe in…