California’s green dream could become a nightmare

“Well, they’re out there having fun in that hot California sun”
(1964 song from The Rivieras)

California has become an example of what a state looks like when it’s controlled by a single party — in this case, the Democrats — trying to impose a secular, green-powered religion on their people.

State officials have banned the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, but a glimpse of the nightmare that could unfold in the near future is happening now.

Faced with a heat wave this week and the high risk of blackouts, Californians are urged to turn air conditioners up to at least 78 degrees and not charge their electric cars on Sunday afternoons and evenings. If there isn’t enough electricity to charge the current number of electric cars in California (estimated by Governor Gavin Newsom’s office at “1 million plug-in electric cars, vans, SUVs, and motorcycles), what degree of should Californians place confidence in the availability of electricity in 2035 and beyond?

There are approximately 29 million cars, light trucks, and motorcycles in the state. According to some estimates, it will take fifteen years to make a complete transition to all electric vehicles. Currently, the Associated Press reports, California has about 80,000 charging stations in public places, “well below the 250,000 it wants by 2025.”

CalMatters columnist Dan Walters gets to the heart of the matter for electric car enthusiasts: “Say someone living in San Francisco wants to go to Lake Tahoe to ski? A range of 150 miles wouldn’t even cover a one-way trip. The solution might be to increase the number of charging stations along interregional highways, but whereas filling up with gas could take 10 minutes, recharging an electric car today takes much longer. Is California willing to build the hundreds of thousands of charging stations that a full conversion to battery cars would require? Could Californians drive their mandated ZEVs into other states without running out of juice? »

There are other concerns, such as the cost of electric vehicles, the life of batteries and the high cost of replacing them, the source of lithium from countries that do not respect human rights, as well as the source of all the new electricity needed. (mostly fossil fuels now, although environmentalists believe expensive and ugly wind turbines, wind and solar sources can produce enough power, which is unlikely). There is little consideration for increasing the availability of nuclear power, again due to left-wing antipathy to this clean source of energy.

Then there is the premise on which “climate change” is based. It’s more theoretical than scientific (remember “global cooling”?); more political than logical. With China and India still producing the most CO2, will electric cars in America solve the perceived problem? Not according to David Kelly, academic director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Business Program at the University of Miami: “You have to think about what is the cheapest way to get where we want to go. So if the goal is to reduce carbon emissions or other pollutants, electric vehicles are unlikely to be. Kelly drives a Tesla.

California is ordering its residents to give up choice in transportation in favor of expensive electric vehicles that aren’t likely to offer the freedom they now enjoy with their gas-powered cars, all because of a secular faith who claims to know best what is good for us.

• Readers can email Cal Thomas at [email protected] Look for Cal Thomas’ latest book “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers and the Future of the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan).

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