Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, The Other McCain, The Daley Gator, and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Now, to answer what appears to be a rhetorical question: No, it’s not only suckers that buy electrical vehicles (EVs) but a large number of suckers do buy electrical vehicles.

The latest evidence that electric vehicles are nothing more than environmental snake oil can be found in a recent Wall Street Journal article pointing out that these “clean” cars are actually more polluting than their gasoline-powered brethren.

By polluting, we mean actual pollution, not carbon dioxide emissions – which is not pollution but plant food.

The Journal was highlighting a study from 2022 that, naturally, was ignored by the mainstream press at the time. What the study found was that “brakes and tires on EVs release 1,850 times more particle pollution compared to modern tailpipes.”

Why? Because EVs are as much as 30% heavier than gas-powered cars, which means more stress on their “regenerative” brakes and much faster tire wear.

Sure, that’s a problem. I have and still do maintain that there are circumstances in which an EV may make sense – for instance, someone who has an urban/suburban commute of, oh, 10-12 miles and who can charge their vehicle overnight.  Wouldn’t be my choice, but for that person, an EV may make sense – or at least, for them, the choice isn’t downright stupid.

The pollution problem remains, though:

Car buyers expect their tires to last 40,000 miles. But EV owners are finding that they last only 13,000 miles. Not only does that significantly increase the cost of ownership of an EV, but it also adds to air pollution.

That’s because tire wear, in case you didn’t know, is a major source of “fine particulate matter” – often called soot – which the Environmental Protection Agency, in case you didn’t know, considers “one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution and it’s linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”

This, True Believers, is known as “unintended consequences.”  Of course, the people who design these cars, presumably being, you know, automotive engineers, should have known this and disseminated this information long before now.

Feature, not bug.  When embarking on an agenda like this, there are always one or two facts best suppressed until the agenda is at least partly accomplished – and that sure as hell looks like that is what happened here.