The consequences of government policies to promote renewable energy to replace fossil fuels and increase the numbers of electric cars on the road can be viewed by the experiences of Germany and Spain. They both undertook such programs over a decade ago resulting in nothing but dramatically increased energy costs and no substantial increase in either solar or wind power as a source of the nations energy.
By Dr. Jay Lehr ~
Elon Musk recognized early on there was money to be made in businesses that support environmental causes. He has gained the support of the green movement by broadcasting his vision for a future without fossil fuels, reducing global warming and traveling on battery powered cars. However most people do not think about the source of the energy to charge his batteries. He tells us solar energy can do it all and he owns the company to get the job done (Solar City is now part of Tesla motors).
At first glance Musk’s vision for the electric car seems reasonable. It has no tailpipe and no emissions. Government subsidized electric buses and trains have been increasing in recent years. However, our entire nation has been ignoring two critical questions that must be answered — and those answers will not come easily.
(1) Where does the electricity…
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