The world is currently undergoing a shift from gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and promote a greener future. However, recent reports suggest that this push towards “green” energy may not be as environmentally friendly as we were led to believe.
As more people in China turn to EVs, the country is burning more coal to generate enough electricity to power them. This contradicts the idea that EVs are clean and green, as coal, gas, and oil are still the primary sources of electricity in many parts of the world.
EVs may not be the solution to reducing carbon emissions as they still require electricity generated from earth-based fuels, resulting in more pollution, not less. Analysts Daniel Hynes and Soni Kumari warn that power shortages are likely to occur due to the strain on the electricity grid caused by the transition to EVs.
Unreliable Sources of Energy. Wind, solar, and water are often touted as clean and green energy sources. However, they are unreliable sources of energy as they rely on shifting weather patterns. China’s energy grid is already showing signs of failure due to low water levels impacting hydropower generation.
Hydropower is China’s largest source of clean energy, but it is proving to be insufficient to power all the new EVs. The only solution is for China to burn more coal to make up for the shortfall.
The Reliability of Earth-Based Fuels. Coal, gas, and oil are earth-based fuels that have been relied on for decades to power homes and vehicles. They are the most reliable sources of energy as they can be produced and consumed at any time. On the other hand, wind and solar can be unpredictable, and hydropower is reliant on rainfall.
According to ANZ, the entire world’s passenger fleet of EVs will only displace 600,000 barrels a day of earth-based fuel demand this year. This means that countries are having to use more earth-based fuels to keep their power plants running and EVs charged.
The Fallacy of “Clean” Energy. It is clear that EVs are not as “clean” as we were led to believe, as they still require electricity generated from earth-based fuels. Even the manufacturing of solar panels requires lots of earth-based fuel input in the form of electricity.
While the corporate-controlled media blames climate change for China’s decreasing hydropower capacity, the reality is that any energy source reliant on shifting weather patterns will be unreliable as a stable source of energy.