Oregon discouraging carbon emissions
ast week, Washington State Governor Inslee signed a bill requiring all
vehicles sold in 2030 and after are to be electric.
Newscom signed an executive order on September 23, 2020, requiring
new cars and passenger trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission
In 2019, Oregon Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) and Representative
Jeff Reardon (D-Happy Valley) sponsored and passed SB 1044
that nine out of 10 new car sales be electric by 2035 and half of
The goal for electric vehicles was 50,000 in 2020,
250,000 in 2025, 1.1 million in 2030 and 2.5 million by 2035 – basically
100%. Behind schedule, at the end of 2020 there were 32,000
registered zero emission vehicles.
ODOT likes to blame not reaching the
first goal on cheap gas they say causes people to hold onto their
ODOT’s Climate Action Plan
, issued in July 2021,
adopted modifications to 120,000 electric vehicles by end of 2027,
missing the 2025 legislative goal.
Most electricity is produced using coal, natural gas, or hydropower.
Cascade Policy Institute reports even with the stringent policies
mandating various levels of carbon-free electricity, those policies can’t
actually be implemented for several reasons.
The most obvious is that
the power sources are unstable and the physics of the grid requires
that electricity supply and demand be in equilibrium at all times
Getting people to purchase electric vehicles may take more trust in the
stability of the supply of electricity.
When HB 2021
passed in 2021 that moved the target date from 2025 to 2030, it also set goals for electricity
providers to reduce emissions 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by
There were numerous experts that warned of the likelihood of
rolling blackouts related to supply and stability. HB 2021 even allows
for use of other sources in unstable periods, which means legislators
know the possibility exists.
Hydropower along with natural gas is Oregon’s back-up to supply
stability. Still Oregon refuses to classify hydropower as renewable even
though the U.S. Energy Information Administration considers it a
regon is ranked fourth in the nation using
renewable energy with hydropower, and sixteen without hydropower.
Biden’s solution for high gas prices is just buy an electric car. They are
trying to sell electric cars as an answer to pollution.
But there is more to
electric cars than the fuel. Where do you think the materials come from
to make the batteries and what happens to them afterwards?
A single Tesla battery weighs 1,000 pounds and requires extracting and
processing around 500,000 pounds of mineral ore materials to
manufacture. Imagine the huge trenches it will leave behind to meet
the supply demand. The life span may be significant, but the majority
are not rechargeable.
Disposing of a toxic large battery is something you never hear about.
How many restricted landfills and dumps will dot our landscapes? Once
a battery starts to degrade in landfills, they can contaminate the
topsoil, groundwater, and air.
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When the chemical seeping happens, it
can risk entering the human supply chain. Conservationist and environmentalist concerned with fossil fuels need another look at the
n the drawing table is a 1-million-mile car battery, which will
drastically reduce the amount of waste in a Tesla. Currently, the best
performing Tesla has a single-charge range of around 370 miles and a
lifespan of 300-500,000 miles. Even with Tesla’s recycling program, they
admit there are parts of the battery that is too costly to recycle. And
about 8% cannot be recycled. That’s 80 out of 1,000 pounds that is still
headed to the landfill.
Even if we are all given electric cars, the Treehuggers want to also
measure carbon emissions from all of the consumed energy used in the
processes to produce and construct a building.
It didn’t go unnoticed by
Representative Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis). He sponsored and the Governor
signed HB 4139
to establish a pilot program for greenhouse gas
reduction that assesses the greenhouse gas emission from concrete,
asphalt paving mixtures, steel products, and other products identified
by ODOT, and conduct a life cycle assessment and strategies for
Oregon Department of Transportation meetings on how to spend
infrastructure funds brought out those advocating for no more
highways. Is that where we are headed with zero-emissions?
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