- Kate Louise Overnight
WHERE ARE WE GOING TO PUT ALL THOSE CARS?
Statista.com says there are about 289.6 million vehicles in the USA. www.wikepedia.com reports there are about 1.4 billion vehicles in the world. And the stats for total global electric vehicles sold is 17,607,610 ( www.carsguide.com).
So why is Eyeblink Press interested in these figures? Because in the blink of an eye, we USA groupies are being asked to convert from our internal combustion engines to electrical vehicles. And everyone must know that this can't be done in the blink of an eye.
For one thing, we have no idea(as far as this author knows) where we are going to dump all those gas vehicles. In a huge, huge landfill? On Mars?
Last time I looked it takes 50-80 years for rubber tires to decompose. Engine blocks deteriorate in about 500 years. And polyurethane seat lining in our cars finally rots in a thousand years, give or take a year. Let's not even talk about glass-a mere million years to break down.
Wasn't the GREEN NEW DEAL about pollution control? Aliens may be looking at earth because we have been gifted with an abundance of water (thank you God). If we must dispose of our current vehicles to buy Electric Vehicles, out landfills will be overloaded with millions of rusting cars, whose iron oxide, a byproduct of rusting metal, will find its way into our water resources, soil and air.
www.fluidhandlingmag.com tells us that "one of the biggest challenges the industry faces is rust. Rust corrodes and through the years it has been a serious contributor to groundwater pollution."
www.ncbi.nim.gov warns us that iron oxide nanoparticles (by products of rusting metal) can be found in our livers, lungs, and brains.
The lithium batteries for the Electric Vehicles create more CO2 in their manufacturing process. Isn't that what we are trying to avoid by getting rid of our gas driven vehicles? YIKES! How far down the blackhole did that white rabbit go? Hell-o-o-o-o- Echo, echo, echo.
Can't we just stop for a moment, take a deep breath (while we can) and consider the outcomes of our mad rush to GO GREEN?