NJ Congressman Van Drew: Power Grid Not Ready for Electric Cars
There needs to be a much more intellectually honest discussion about the push for eliminating the combustion engine and gasoline-powered cars in favor of mandating an all-electric car in America.
First of all, America is nowhere near ready for this abrupt conversion.
Obviously, the electrical power grid cannot handle the load with the current inventory in place.
Look at California. Literally, the day after they voted to ban gasoline-powered cars (completely) by 2035, the state government told their citizens not to charge their electric cars.
Just yesterday, the entire state of California faced a Level 3 electrical power grid emergency and barely avoided having to implement rolling brownouts. A brownout means that you take turns having no electricity
In a recent interview with Newsmax’s Sean Spicer, United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew said:
"Many states don't have the electric grid capacity for charging all of these electric vehicles, particularly these blue states and left-wing areas where they are mandating that, saying by 2035, everybody has to be all-electric, said Van Drew.
“They’re telling you to do it; because you’ve got to take orders from them. It's a dictatorial attitude,” said Van Drew.
17 other states immediately followed California and signed on to the 2035 ban of gasoline-powered cars, without even doing their own due diligence to determine if it’s feasible.
Van Drew said, "it's the stupidity of it: you don't have the power. You're not able to supply it. You're going to have all kinds of problems. The grid (California and New Jersey) is not up to par,” said Van Drew.
To be fair, it’s important to note that Van Drew believes in alternative every. He has solar panels and an actual windmill on his own home property.
Van Drew’s objection is because of the fact that the energy grid cannot support the number of electric cars currently in place.
The California law calls for cuts in the number of gasoline-powered cars taking place over the next several years, with a permanent ban taking effect only 12 years from now.
An article written by the Institute for Energy Research in 2020 stated that "solar and wind power mandates are already causing congestion problems on the U.S. electric grid.”
Imagine adding on top of this, President Joe Biden’s call for a carbon-free grid by 2035, and it would make the entire country look like California, with likely rolling brown and blackouts a regular occurrence.
Ask yourself this question: Do you want to be prevented from using anything electrically powered after 4:00 p.m.? This is in effect right now in California. They are also required to set their thermostat at 78° or higher. This is what California is doing right now.
Just imagine if all 50 states were to implement California-like policies.
SOURCES: United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew. Newsmax & Institute for Energy Research.