If Internal Combustion Engines Were Banned

You would have no choice but to use an electric vehicle on road trips. Recharging stations along the highway would have extremely long queues. Electricity demand would be massive. Green energy is much less available at night, when most people want to recharge their cars. Civilization would shut down. I do not write Wikipedia articles. They are written by somebody else..

Hope this addresses some of the comments made after my previous post.

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14 Responses to If Internal Combustion Engines Were Banned

  1. Vegieman says:

    Your point was sufficiently obvious in the original post. It is also obvious from the comments from the previous post that there is an “intelligence” that is incapable of comprehension of the most basic concepts that you make clear and concise. Truth and common sense are evidently a stretch for some. Thanks for your work.

  2. Bill says:

    I own a Tesla Model S, and I love it for a variety of reasons. I also believe that climate change is mostly natural, and that the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere has little effect on our planet, except for making plants grow a little better and in a greater range. Banning ICE (internal combustion engine) cars or coal and natural gas power plants would be crazy, as far as I’m concerned.

    I think electric cars have a longer future, though. At some point, the particular fraction of petroleum needed for ICE cars will become more scarce; why have civilization dependent on this one very specific substance? An electric car owner doesn’t care how electricity is produced; in my state, the electricity is 50% coal, 25% nuclear, 20% natural gas and 5% “renewable”.

    It would take a massive effort to change over to having only electric vehicles, and there is no point in doing it for as long as petroleum gasoline is cheap. Sooner or later, though, you’ll need an alternative, and electric cars may well be what will work best. I’m not convinced that lithium ion batteries are the best possible technology; we’ve got time to find better (cheaper, lighter, more efficient) alternatives.

    • Rowland P says:

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    • MrGrimNasty says:

      The Model S is an irrelevant expensive executive luxury toy. The production is a CO2/resource gobbling nightmare of a planet destroyer. No one could own one and claim to be doing it for the benefit of the planet. So it’s a good job you aren’t!

  3. Jeffk says:

    The future may be hydrogen fuel cell power, using natural gas converted to hydrogen. Other sources could be ocean water, which we can tell alarmists would help drain off excess “sea level rise”.
    The current trend of EV battery powered cars is not sustainable. Mining the earth for battery minerals would continue the same harmful effects coal mining did, we can tell the same alarmists.
    The future is hydrogen and nuclear power.

  4. -B- says:

    Slowly the pieces all form a coherent plan, and expensive limited charging stations is not a bug, it’s a feature. This is how I see them going together:

    The goal is to have most everyone living in the big cities and living out their lives in the traditional 3 mile radius, the human norm before the automobile. This may be augmented by government controlled transit but within the giant cities. So maybe you can go 10 or 15 miles but you’ll stay within the same city.

    Before you can say ‘bicycle’ expect bicycle travel to become banned or severely limited and tracked. There will be some health care injury related excuse. Yes, it makes no sense, but it doesn’t have to. People in general believe bicycling to be dangerous so they’ll sell it much the way they sell the foam hats for bicycling.

    There won’t be any road trips for ordinary people. People will travel long distance with government or corporate approval only and then only by the means designated to them. Only those with wealth and connections will be able to travel by personal vehicle. So the load and queue for the charging stations will be minimal.

    The cost of battery EVs and the electricity to charge them will increase dramatically as ICE vehicles are politically removed from the market. Remember today’s battery EVs are sold at little to negative profit margin. This cannot continue and thus alternatives need to be removed from the market.

    Think of things in terms of the 19th century company town utopia where everyone was to live according to the dictates and social engineering of the company owner. Their lives managed. Take this concept to national and global scale. That’s what’s going on.

    They know the battery EV can’t do road trips without great hassle. They know it will not scale. That’s the idea. It’s the same with wind and solar power. The idea is that it is inherently limiting allowing for government to micro manage, to ration, to control.

    Will it succeed? Undetermined. Yes it takes a lot of conditioning people to go along with it. And there have been many things that people would have said people wouldn’t stand for 50 years ago that now are considered normal. Success, time tables, etc are all ifs, I am only stating the plan best that I can put together the actions on numerous fronts.

    • Bill says:

      “They know the battery EV can’t do road trips without great hassle.”

      Not true; I’ve taken thousand mile road trips in my Tesla Model S, and thanks to Tesla’s SuperCharger network and Autopilot (which does about 90% of highway driving), it’s easy and definitely no hassle. I’d never go back to ICE (internal combustion engine) cars, unless I had to.

    • Robertv says:

      And don’t forget the no cash money system. If you leave your 15 mile zone your credit or whatever card stops working. Very simple.

  5. Gator says:

    Shutting down civilization is their goal, along with killing billions of innocent humans.

  6. Bob says:

    Till the cows come home we can bicker about survival. The small island of Australia contributes 1.5% of the 3% world’s human fraction of 400 ppm CO2. Check the arithmetic: it works out to one-fifth-of-one-part per million of this ‘greenhouse’ gas. Those Diggers need to get Down Under at all that cheap energy coal. Just drink more beer bubbles but try not to exhale your 38,000 ppm CO2!

  7. Julia says:

    Is it possible to calculate the loss of life, human and animal, let alone loss of current standard of living, due to the banning of the combustion engine, say, in the North American continent, if this ban was forcibly imposed on the populaation in 10?, 20? years’ time. I would imagine it’s incalculable but very high.

  8. geoffrey pohanka says:

    The EV’s dirty little secret, their carbon footprint is larger than similar sized gasoline/diesel cars, not just because fossil fuels are the primary source of energy to charge their batteries, but the energy intensity making the battery. Mining Lithium and Cobalt, rare Earths from China, and an incredible amount of energy producing the battery itself. One reason why EVs cost more to produce than gasoline/diesel cars, though the vehicle itself is easier to assemble.

    https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/international-issues/electric-vehicles-in-germany-emit-more-carbon-dioxide-than-diesel-vehicles/

    https://principia-scientific.org/study-tesla-car-battery-production-releases-as-much-co2-as-8-years-of-driving-on-gas/

    https://www.industryweek.com/technology-and-iiot/article/22026518/lithium-batteries-dirty-secret-manufacturing-them-leaves-massive-carbon-footprint

    https://factnotfiction.media/2019/04/11/swedish-study-on-ev-co2-footprint-will-surprise/

    https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/business/technology/55602/electric-vehicles-emit-more-co2-than-diesel-ones-german-study-shows/

  9. Joan D. says:

    Its obvious…,if you want an all-electric personal/mass transportation available…,time
    to start building a lot of nuclear power plants in order to provide ample power night & day!Simple…,

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