[Oeva-list] Fashion a response to the anti-EV interview on Here & Now
gary at greenlivingjournal.com
Mon Jul 29 22:56:37 PDT 2013
Mr. Zehner's article caused quite a stir on Linkedin when Faith Ozel
Check it out here: http://linkd.in/13VyPJb
Here are two responses I made to his posting of the article.
To fully understand what Mr. Zehner's motive was in writing this
article, check him out. This is not about the EV vs. the Ice, this about
taking the personal automobile out of the picture.
His vision for a sustainable future requires that we all greatly reduce
the amount of energy that we consume, and this is not possible if every
home has 2+ automobiles gobbling up energy, no matter the source of that
In his world (mind), therefore, the EV is just as dirty as the ICE.
Good luck selling that idea Mr. Zehner. Americans will give up their
cars right after they give up their guns.
OK let's look at the situation.
There are now over 1 billion cars (ICE) on the roads of the world. Some
forecast that by 2050 that number could be 2.5 billion.
That is a net increase of over 1.5 billion cars in 37 years, or more
than 40 million additional cars on the road every year.
According to Daniel Sperling at UC Davis' Institute of Transportation, 2
billion cars would require the world to produce 120 million barrels of
oil a day, up from 87 million today.
In addition, the world's population is expected to top 9 billion by the
year 2050, according to the United Nations' projections.
This is the situation that we are facing as we race towards the year 2050.
Now for those of you who would argue that the EV is not a necessary
evolutionary step in averting the environmental catastrophe that 2.5
billion ICE vehicles on the road would bring down upon us, get real and
pull yourself into the 21st Century. Stop thinking and acting like a
bunch of "flat earthers" by ignoring the consequences of not adopting
electric drive vehicles, along with a renewable energy grid/ dispersed
Even if, beginning right now, every single person, corporation and
government in the world, all agreed to work toward the mass adoption of
the EV, the task of doing so in 37 short years, is a daunting challenge.
It could very well be impossible.
We've got one shot to get it right, and the clock is running. Our
grandchildren will live (or suffer) with the results.
This should be the topic of debate, not Mr. Zehner's opinions and grand
The EVs are coming
Gary Munkhoff, Publisher
Green Living Journal
P.O. Box 677
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
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