Seriously? THe second law of therodynamics deals with perpetual motion and the impossibility of complete heat transfer none of which has anything to do with the green energies mentioned, none of them are intended to be completely efficient (which is impossible) merely MORE efficient which is very possible, the crazy thing here is both she and you seem to believe that nobel prize winning scientists and multinational corporations dont understand high school physics.
The author is a complete non entity in the scientific community and the article contains no scientific data whatsoever just vague allusions to the laws of thermodynamics grand eneough to confuse the ignorant apparently succesfully.
The Obama Administration has made putting a total of 1 million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015 a centerpiece of its transportation policy. In response, automakers in Japan and the United States ramped up production of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) quickly over the last 2 years. The practical challenges of launching new models and expanding PEV sales to mainstream consumers, however, have proven more difficult than automakers or policymakers foresaw. According to a new report from Pike Research, around 410,000 PEVs will be sold between 2011 and 2015 in the United States, and cumulative U.S. sales will not reach the 1 million mark until 2018.
Nevertheless, PEV sales are expected to ramp up strongly in the second half of this decade. Global PEV sales are expected to surpass 1 million vehicles per year in 2017 and, by 2020, worldwide sales volumes will reach 1.7 million units annually.
“While it is true that plug-in electric vehicles have seen delays in arriving on the market and have sold in fewer numbers than originally anticipated, we expect strong growth as global PEV sales volumes will nearly triple between 2012 and 2014,” says research director John Gartner. “Automotive companies have made a strong commitment to electric vehicles, and their viability as a transportation platform is no longer in doubt.”
Oh yes, and electric bicycles are an even bigger market globally than electric cars. But guess the technology doesn't work because some reporter for Breitbart.com says so.
They are not viable. Where are you going to plug it in? Hotel chains are not going to eat that energy drain. There are no "charging stations" and besides, who would want to sit there while you charge it? Currently, electric vehicles manage just 100 miles between charges. That is impractical. Plus, the consumer costs of these vehicles make them unaffordable for the average American (I can't speak for the rest of the world). So, yes, their viability is still in doubt.
@mightmom Really? You are going to compare a time when people travelled by horse and few owned cars to now when most own gas-powered cars? Really? With no other means of getting around? You fail to address the cost as well. How exactly, especially given the current economic situation, do you propose all these people purchase these cars? I love all the left and their "the rich are evil" but when only the rich can afford something, then it's the masses that are supposed to bite the bullet and suffer.
That's quite possible Cody but I happen to live on the East Coast of the USA. Won't help me much now will it? Or do you suggest I push the car West and/or North and hope for the best?
lol I hate to break this news to you Ralph, and other of my liberal friends, but this is still a big, spread out country. We all don't live in cities where everything is crammed together. I don't have a WalGreen's within an hour of me. Plus, they are only putting them in at 800 locations nationwide. Hmmm....don't think that's going to cover the continental US.
In Midwestern states that rely heavily on coal, driving an electric car produces 18 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than driving a typical gasoline-powered car, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Surprisingly, driving an electric car there produces 50 percent more greenhouse gases than driving a 50 mpg electric hybrid.
Absolutely yes personally, nuclear is an excellent and very safe power creation method and if done using thorium it is essentially completely harmless, nuclear power kills nowhere near as many people as coal mining for example. It also does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. The plants need to be built away from fault lines though.
A rough calculation shows me that we would have to completely fill the entire state of Missouri, with windmills(assuming that they were all working at full capacity no matter where we put them) to power all-electric cars in the US.
I did a round trip on I-40 through Tennessee last weekend. On one stretch in the western part of the state some farmland has been filled with solar panels. Real curious as to how much energy is being garnered from it versus the cost to install. I believe it's a UT project. Not only does it take lot's of windmills but once again you have people like the Kennedy's who preach for them but don't want them off the coast where it spoils their view.
I think there is also a misunderstanding of the theory of complexity (also know as chaos theory). Chaotic systems are not always predictable, even if you are an expert at Newtonian physics. In fact, it is impossible to predict changes in chaotic systems. Combine the Earth's climate, the stuff we put into it, and the notorious unpredictability of human behavior, and you have one of the most complex terrestrial systems known to man (other than the human brain, perhaps). Al Gore's flaw is that he assumes we can predict the state of the environment one hundred years from now, or even twenty-five years from now. We do not have the ability to do that. At best, we can make some short-term changes to our behavior and hope for the best.
Let's not forget that his public personal behavior does not match his rhetoric. Let's preach about the environment and then leave where you were speaking in a jumbo jet belching untold amounts of carbon into the air and buy a mansion in an area you just told everyone is a future flood plain.