Yesterday at the Seeking Alpha Web site, John Petersen published an excellent article on the new Electrification Coalition, titled “Rapid Transition to Grid Enabled Vehicles Not Possible or Desirable.” I suggest you read this article right now, if you haven’t done so already.
To paraphrase John Milton, “logical analysis is a dangerous thing, drink deep or drink naught of the logical spring.”
I want everyone to print the following paragraph by John in his article, and to read and to understand it:
“Batteries are commodities, as are all of the raw materials that are used to make the batteries, motors and other components required for a [Grid Enabled Vehicle]. The roadmap assumes away critical issues of raw materials availability by proving that the elements exist in nature and then ignoring fundamental natural resource development issues like location, economics, environmental impacts and the difference between known mineral resources and developed mineral reserves. It also assumes that recycling issues will resolve themselves despite the fact that the only class of ARRA battery manufacturing grants that went begging was battery recycling.”
As usual, John has zeroed in on the two key points of logical absurdity in this latest set of directions on how governments should spend taxpayer money for private interest:
- This group does not understand the difference between “present in the earth’s crust” and “available for use by mankind,” and
- There is no safe, economical, recycling method for recovering the lithium from lithium-ion batteries.
Unelected, poorly educated bureaucrats, throw money at nice presentations such as the outlined in John’s article. The money has been allocated to their use by elected, poorly educated, politicians whose advisors are agenda ridden interest groups. In government speak this process is called “investing in science and technology.”
We’re watching just another lobby being born. This will be the infrastructure spending for electrification lobby. It’s an interest group not an agenda.