Is This The End of the Internal Combustion Engine?

Environmentalists are killing the planet, destroying the economy, and stealing your children’s future.

A bunch of rabid environmentalists have forced the British Government to announce that all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the year 2040.  Nobody ever accused rabid environmentalists of being intelligent, or having any common sense.  Banning diesel and petrol cars, (or will it be all cars that have exhaust emissions?), has staggering implications that the officials, politicians, and environmentalists haven’t properly thought through.

In Sweden, Volvo has announced that from 2019 all of its new models will be either completely battery powered or hybrid vehicles.  There’s a couple of interesting points here.  Firstly this move will put a whopping premium on the price of all new Volvo’s.  And secondly, hybrid cars still have to have a petrol or diesel engine that will produce nasty polluting exhaust fumes.

Diesel exhausts are killing us all, allegedly.

Across Europe several major cities, (Paris, Madrid, Athens), say that diesel cars will be banned from entering their environs from 2025.  The Hell-Hole that is Mexico City has followed suit ~ ha!  The mayor of London, Mad Sadiq Khan, wants to ban Petrol and Diesel cars from London by 2050.

These headline grabbing moves will achieve absolutely nothing except to cost consumers and taxpayers trillions of Pounds / Euros / Dollars.  Banning diesel and petrol cars in the UK will impose vast costs on drivers for little environmental benefit.

There is no conceivable way that the British electricity generating and distribution systems will ever be able to provide enough power for all those battery powered cars, (and vans and busses, and trucks?).  Just where will all the extra power come from?  The back of an envelope estimate is that all these electric vehicles will add an extra 30 gigawatts to UK peak demand, and that means we would need 50% more generating capacity.  That’s equivalent to another half-dozen huge nuclear power plants like Hinkley Point, or another 20,000 wind turbines, (which only work some of the time).  I have no idea how many acres of solar collectors it would take to generate that amount of power, but they don’t work at night, which is when most people will be charging their electric vehicles.

The British Government says it will install a fast charging point every 20 miles on major roads ~ imagine how many holes in the road and road works delays that will mean.

The British Government are also considering slashing the maximum speed on our motorways to 60 mph, and what is that supposed to achieve except more fines from speeding tickets?

This all seems a bit rich considering that the whole man-made global warming agenda has been exposed as nothing more than a massive fraud.  The best estimate is that if all the trillions of dollars Obama proposed to spend on his Clean Power Plan to tackle non-existent man-made global warming was actually spent, then global temperatures would perhaps be reduced by 0.057 degrees Fahrenheit ~ one five-hundredth of a degree.

Climate change is a normal, natural, and perpetual process which occurs, and has always occurred, with sublime indifference to man’s puny input.  ~  James Delingpole.

There are a few inconvenient truths that politicians and environmentalists would rather the public didn’t wake up to;

  • Man-made global warming / catastrophic anthropogenic climate change doesn’t actually exist in any meaningful form ~it’s nothing but a fraud, a massive scam designed to give politicians back control over an increasingly independent populace.
  • There is no such thing as completely clean power.  Green Energy produces nastier and longer term environmental pollution than does burning fossil fuels.  Nuclear Energy is a case in point, look at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima.  Wind turbines have a massively negative impact on the environment, are bad for wildlife, and a blot on the landscape.  All batteries are inherently polluting, expensive, and dangerous.
  • Switching to electric-powered private transport will require at least a 50% increase in electricity generating capacity in any country that tries it.
  • A vast investment in an infrastructure of new charging points to support all these new electric vehicles will be needed.
  • Electric vehicles cost a hell of a lot more than an exactly equivalent bike / car / van / truck / bus powered by an internal combustion engine.
  • Electric vehicles are less capable, and have a shorter life-span, (about 5 years), before major maintenance is required, (new batteries), than do ‘conventional’ cars, trucks, and busses.
  • There aren’t enough qualified mechanics to maintain the huge increase in the number of electric vehicles the politicians propose.
  • Disposing of all of the ‘dead’ batteries will require a huge investment in a recycling technology that, as yet, doesn’t actually exist.
  • The value of used vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines will plummet, destroying the economies of the developed world.  There is a vast investment in lending to finance vehicle purchases.
  • Internal combustion engines don’t have to run on either petrol or diesel fuel.  Is a ban on ethanol / methanol / vegetable oil / propane / butane fuelled vehicles also proposed?
  • Are politicians also proposing to ban aircraft / railway engines / ships / electricity generators powered by fossil fuels ~ otherwise what’s the point?
  • If Politicians think the backlash against Hillary Clinton was an isolated aberration, they’ve got a big surprise in store after all this banning cars crap.

In my life I’ve seen some insane ideas put forward by politicians at the behest of special interest groups, but a total ban on the internal combustion engine running on fossil fuels has got to be maddest thing I’ve ever heard.  But then, politicians, special interest groups, and bureaucrats have never been known for putting much thought into anything.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.  ~  Henry Ford

At least I have the personal benefit of being able to totally and completely ignore all this banning petrol and diesel fuelled cars crap.  Not only that, because I live in a democracy I can cast my vote in ways designed to discomfort the current crop of lightweight, insane, political pygmies.  (And that’s an insult to pygmies and the mentally ill.)

Meanwhile, the Lotus 7 is 60 years old this year.  Now that’s a great car.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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11 responses

  1. Thought you’d like it. I totally agree about the batteries. Our pollution of the planet has been thrown into the background by this belief that greenhouse gases are the problem. Although solid fuel burners in houses are likely to bring us back to the days of smog, something that the young of today know nothing about.
    Must ad an addendum. I left some things off my list of warmth that each man produces which is probably more like a hundred body heats than ten. Most importantly the great increase in heat from the reduction of albedo by the farming practice of planting things in rows. This produces shadows, corrugations in the light to dark ratio which are not as prevalent in nature. The same affect is produced in towns with pitched roofs. Towns cities and fields are much darker and absorb rather than reflect much more of the suns heat. So, add all our fields and cities to the increase in ice free dark water and corrugated rocks protruding where there were glaciers, and you begin to see I hope how this runaway affect is a very real threat. Er… or you could look at what is happening in Europe at the moment!

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    1. I can just about remember the London pea-soupers, smog so thick the busses had to be guided by a policeman with a torch.
      We could be heading back there. ❤

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  2. I was sad when I saw this reported as some countries do not have infrastructure to support charging points for electric cars. You are right…all car buffs who collect or drive vintage cars will never get to drive them anymore. It is really not properly thought out I feel. If this is to be copied by other countries like mine then it is a huge disruption.

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    1. There is no way any country can build the infrastructure need to support millions of electric cars in just the next 20 years. The next 50 years perhaps, but not 20. Somehow I think there is going to be a drastic watering-down of this stupid idea to ban all petrol and diesel cars.

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  3. I feel like the gov just constantly has to be in our biz! What about the self driving cars also?
    Where do they think they are going to get all this electricity? From environmentally safe things? Please. It will come from coal, at least in my area.
    I tried to do some math… I guess I may still be around in 2050, let’s see what happens!

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    1. Just grow some trees / bushes / potatoes and make your car run on ethanol / methanol. ❤

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  4. It’s not about saving the environment. It’s about business. The business to deal with all the issues you point out

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    1. This just proves the maxim; ‘All politicians lie, all the time’.

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      1. yep I couldn’t agree more. I get really annoyed by them

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    2. Jack you’ve really done it now! You have made a very valid point that no one has considered the extra load on the grid, but man made global warming a fallacy? Oh no, it is very very real. The only thing is that it is not caused by greenhouse gases. They have been coming out of volcanoes throughout Earths history, and there have been periods where vulcanism was far more prevalent than it is today. Warming is caused by the heat man produces. Each person produces at least ten times the heat from their bodies every second. From: Power stations, Transport, cooking bathing fridges heating all buildings and cooling all buildings in hot weather, burning forests and fields and from slurry and all organic waste. Nature does not eave any waste to rot. It is recycled mmediately.
      All this heat is melting the polar ice caps which is further heating the planet and we are perilously close to a runaway effect; and becoming another Venus.
      And you are worried about having to pay more for your new Volvo?

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      1. I thought quite seriously about buying a hybrid or plug-in electric car until I did some investigation into battery technologies. Then I decided that a slightly warmer planet was preferable to the pollution that the dead batteries from millions of electric cars will create. Anyway, I really like fossil fuels ~ not as much as I like burning naturally recyclable stuff like wood and wood alcohol, but I think coal and petrol are pretty cool.

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