Carbon & Cars
In a recent Eco News Report from the Lost Coast Outpost, the spotlight fell on Sacramento’s ambitious climate policies and their implications. Governor Gavin Newsom, on September 23, 2020, declared an aggressive shift away from fossil fuels, aiming to mandate the sale of zero-emission passenger vehicles by 2035. The Eco news Report and audio presentation discuss the same climate narrative asking what has Sacramento done for us lately?
Cars People Want
The article persistently castigates cars, labeling them as oversized automobiles and fixating on traffic safety concerns, particularly pedestrian fatalities. But this hostile anti large vehicle propaganda is a world apart form the truth people around the world are preaching with their pocketbooks.
Buyers worldwide go for bigger cars, erasing gains from cleaner tech a new report from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative suggests.
Smaller vehicles, or sedans, have lost a lot of ground in the U.S. market over the past decade. In 2012, sedans accounted for 50% of the U.S. auto retail space, with SUVs at just over 30%, and trucks at 13.5%, according to car-buying resource Edmunds. By 2022, U.S. sedan share dropped to 21%, while SUVs hit 54.5% and trucks grew to 20%.
“People don´t want to be limited by their space in their car,” said Eric Frehsée, president of the Tamaroff Group of dealerships in southeast Michigan. “Everyone wants a 7-passenger.”
The Eco Report repeats popular climate fear propaganda, stressing that our 412 parts per million of CO2 should be nearer to 350 parts per million to avoid the dystopian future Greta Thunberg has prognosticated.
“I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic”
Yet, the numbers alone don’t capture the full historical context. CO2 levels have fluctuated significantly throughout Earth’s existence. From the Cambrian period’s 4,000 ppm to the Quaternary glaciation’s 180 ppm, historical CO2 concentrations have seen dramatic shifts. Moreover, plants thrive on CO2, raising questions about the real motive behind certain initiatives like Bill Gates’ deforestation projects aimed at carbon reduction.
The Carbon Cycle
The following text in this section is extracted from National Geographic’s encyclopedia intended for children aged 10 to 13.
Carbon is in a constant state of movement from place to place. It is stored in what are known as reservoirs, and it moves between these reservoirs through a variety of processes, including photosynthesis, burning fossil fuels, and simply releasing breath from the lungs. The movement of carbon from reservoir to reservoir is known as the carbon cycle.
Carbon can be stored in a variety of reservoirs, including plants and animals, which is why they are considered carbon life forms. Carbon is used by plants to build leaves and stems, which are then digested by animals and used for cellular growth.
In the atmosphere, carbon is stored in the form of gases, such as carbon dioxide. It is also stored in oceans, captured by many types of marine organisms. Some organisms, such as clams or coral, use the carbon to form shells and skeletons.
Most of the carbon on the planet is contained within rocks, minerals, and other sediment buried beneath the surface of the planet.
Because Earth is a closed system, the amount of carbon on the planet never changes.
The carbon cycle is vital to life on Earth. Nature tends to keep carbon levels balanced, meaning that the amount of carbon naturally released from reservoirs is equal to the amount that is naturally absorbed by reservoirs. Maintaining this carbon balance allows the planet to remain hospitable for life.
Elite Environmental Impact
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The article points fingers solely at vehicles like the “Big Blunt ends on the stupid F150s,” implicating them in human fatalities and climate crises. However, it conveniently overlooks the excessive emissions from the yachts, jets, and extravagant lifestyles of a few billionaires, far surpassing the annual energy emissions of millions of homes.
Furthermore, the discussion ignores the environmental toll of mining rare metals pivotal for EV production and green energy initiatives. China’s rare earth industry, essential for these ventures, wreaks havoc on the ecological environment, causing pollution, landslides, and river contamination.
Hazards on the Road
While scrutinizing larger gas powered vehicles, the article fails to acknowledge the safety risks posed by electric vehicles, notorious for spontaneous combustion leading to infernos that are challenging to control.
The article discusses the proposed Daylight Saves Lives Bill AB413, mandating specific parking distances from cross walks for for vehicles. This is one thing I actually agree is a possible good idea. The article veers into discriminatory territory against a significant segment of the community—the Humboldt citizens relying on vilified “grow dozers” within the cannabis industry.
The Real Crisis is Man Made
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A surprisingly dismissive tone toward the housing crisis and homelessness, trivializing the tragic reality of people resorting to desperate measures like jumping into traffic, a phenomenon far from a mere myth in the streets of Eureka.
Yet, the glaring omission persists—the absence of accountability for California’s trajectory over the last three decades. With Democrats predominantly steering policies, including during Schwarzenegger’s tenure, it’s vital to question the real architects of our current state.
Rather than succumbing to prophesized climate disasters, it’s high time to hold those responsible for these policies accountable. It’s about laying blame where it truly belongs—on the feet of those who’ve wielded power and shaped our state’s destiny through their policies and agendas. Sacramento’s green zeal and skewed narratives need to be scrutinized beyond the surface, uncovering the truth behind the environmental rhetoric.