Akio Toyoda, CEO of one of the most highly ranked car manufacturers in the world, Toyota Motors, explained to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association at its recent end-of-year press conference that electric vehicles emit more carbon dioxide than combustion engine vehicles. Not only that, but electric cars are extremely expensive to produce and inflict massive damage on the environment.
"The current business model of the car industry is going to collapse," he warned, pointing to competitors like Obama-bailed-out General Motors (GM) that have pledged to sell only "zero-emission" vehicles by the year 2035. "The more EVs we build, the worse carbon dioxide gets … When politicians are out there saying, 'Let's get rid of all cars using gasoline,' do they understand this?"
Toyoda is one of the few who is brave enough to tell it like it is. While it might sound pleasant to envision a future where not a single puff of tailpipe pollution is ever emitted, this is simply not a possible reality.
What many people fail to realize is that a bulk of the electricity that comes through those giant EV power plugs comes from fossil fuels like coal, which are far more polluting than the oil that is turned into gasoline for regular cars. Mining up lithium, nickel and cobalt to produce EV batteries is also a planetary scourge.
"Studies detailing the carbon emissions necessary to manufacture an electric vehicle reveal that on a net basis, there are more emissions for vehicle bought and used for its expected lifetime, than would be generated by buying and using a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle," writes Thomas Lifson for American Thinker.
"Toyota can certainly make electric powered vehicles. It introduced the hybrid Prius, after all, and has a strong position in that market. Toyota's mastery of the discipline of mass production of vehicles is such that it could do well no matter what power source is used. But the costs of complete conversion to electricity-powered vehicles are mind boggling."
While there would seem to be an almost unlimited supply of fossil fuels to continue powering the world as we currently know it, the "green" brigade is trying to shift the narrative towards wind and solar. And they are doing this while trying to hide the fact that the electricity needed to power their precious EVs still has to come from fossil fuels.
There is nothing "green" about switching away from gas-powered vehicles, in other words. The only reason the establishment is pushing society in this direction is to impose more limitations and control over We the People, including by making it incrementally more difficult to travel and move about freely.
While EV power stations are popping up all over the place, the fact remains that there will always be large swaths of land without them. This means that if everyone was forced to drive an EV, they would not be able to take long-distance trips where power stations are scarce.
Not only that but supplying batteries for the potentially tens of billions of new EVs that will soon be in existence will become increasingly more difficult as scarce minerals and other natural resources dry up over time.
"One of the biggest environmental problems caused by our endless hunger for the latest and smartest devices is a growing mineral crisis, particularly those needed to make our batteries," says Christina Valimaki, an analyst from Elsevier.
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