San Miguel County Commissioner Waring acknowledged in a Wednesday letter to the editor, “With help from San Miguel County, the legislature adopted payments that may higher shield residents and companies from steep electrical hikes.” If the legislature and county commissioners are going to drive inefficient and dearer vitality sources onto the general public, then the general public can pay extra in both of two methods — increased electrical payments or increased taxes, as subsidies are required to help inefficient vitality sources like photo voltaic and wind. You can’t drive extra inefficient and dearer electrical energy sources onto the general public with out the general public incurring further prices — it doesn’t matter what the legislative payments could state. Everybody can pay extra in a technique or one other.
The marketplace already determines probably the most environment friendly sources of vitality, in addition to probably the most environment friendly sources of all different items and companies. Forcing an inefficient different onto the general public can solely enhance the price of that good or service.
Whereas claiming to help the setting, Mr. Waring ignores the huge injury brought on by photo voltaic farms, electrical transmission traces from photo voltaic farms and wind generators, and maybe most dangerous, the killing of hundreds of thousands of bats and birds, particularly predators like golden eagles, yearly by wind generators. The presence of wind generators — a lot of that are in grassland areas — additionally trigger a big lack of habitat for animals and birds, just like the lesser prairie rooster and the larger sage-grouse. Photo voltaic farms additionally destroy and disrupt large quantities of land, animal and vegetation.
The environmental injury brought on by the manufacturing and eventual substitute of batteries for electrical vehicles shall be extraordinary. Getting three of probably the most important substances for an electrical car battery (cobalt, nickel and graphite) requires the motion of large quantities of uncooked supplies, together with huge quantities of water, in a few of the most environmentally delicate areas of the planet. It additionally requires transportation from the first producing areas, that are China, Australia and South America. Gasoline, particularly for oil discovered and refined within the U.S., offers a lot larger productiveness and environment friendly use of uncooked supplies than battery manufacturing, charging and disposal.
The disposal of electrical car batteries — every battery can weigh 1,000 kilos — and outdated photo voltaic panels are one other environmental concern as a result of they comprise poisonous chemical substances, similar to hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and nitric acid. Moreover, there is no such thing as a efficient technique of recycling lithium ion batteries, that are the distinguished batteries utilized in electrical autos. Possibly all these outdated electrical automobile batteries may be saved in deserted coal crops and coalmines.
Human-caused local weather change believers flip a blind eye towards science and the injury achieved to the setting by electrical automobile batteries, wind generators and photo voltaic farms, demonstrating their hypocrisy in caring for the setting and the planet. Their claims of “superior issues for the setting” are disingenuous. Their hatred of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide manufacturing is so intense and blinding they can not see the injury their proposals will trigger to the setting.