Whether it be to combat climate change or simply quit poisoning the air we breath, at some point we have to stop relying on burning stuff for energy.
Note that Germany is a leader, if not the leader, in solar energy production by pushing to install solar panels on every available roof-top. Solar is also not the only clean energy source now nor will it be in the future.
The old argument that more demand for electricity will require coal, NG, etc. is totally false. Solar is everywhere. Wind farms are all over the country. We also have hydroelectric, geothermal and nuclear as options for clean energy today. With small wind turbines and rooftop solar, pretty much every house in the country is capable of generating more than enough electricity for its own needs.
The payoff for converting a typical house to become energy self sufficient is in the 10 to 15 year range right now. For myself, a rooftop solar and battery system sufficient to run the house and keep a couple electric vehicles charged would cost about $25k. How much is it worth to you to never see an electric bill again or gas up your commuter?
Electric vehicle range is getting better all the time. You can buy electric vehicles today that have over 200 mile range. There are electric long haul trucks now also.
Today the transportation needs of more than 90% of the US population could easily be met more than 90% of the time with electric vehicles.
The argument of emissions in the manufacturing process also is mostly bull. Note that in a manufacturing facility, it is far more practical to control and contain any emissions than it is in a small, mobile vehicle. Low-emissions and no-emissions manufacturing facilities are becoming more common all the time. In any case, there is certainly not more emissions from manufacturing current cars than there is for electric cars.
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