Skip to comments.LA Times Editorial: To save the planet from climate change, gas guzzlers have to die
Posted on 03/01/2021 7:05:27 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
The numbers paint a daunting picture. In 2019, consumers worldwide bought 64 million new personal cars and 27 million new commercial motor vehicles, a paltry 2.1 million of which were electric-powered. Climate scientists tell us that we have less than a decade to make meaningful reductions in carbon emissions — including those from internal combustion engines — if we have any hope of staving off the worst effects of global warming.
Yet manufacturers are still making, and consumers are still buying, overwhelming numbers of vehicles that will, on average, continue to spew carbon into the atmosphere for a dozen years after they first leave the lot.
What will it take to throttle back the gas burners and expand exponentially the number of vehicles that run on electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or other non-fossil energy sources? Political will, strong government thumbs on the scale to favor zero-emission vehicles over gas burners.
Yes, a daunting picture. But we can’t ignore it. Humankind’s ability to create and use technology got us into this mess, and it will require our collective skills and wills to get us out of it — or at least to minimize the effects of global warming by slashing carbon emissions, developing viable ways to sequester carbon already in the atmosphere and adopting mitigation efforts to counter rising sea levels, worsening floods and droughts, and mass migrations of people already in desperate straits from the effects of extreme weather.
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Nah, to save the planet, “news” businesses like the LAT’s need to die...
Who gives a F what they think.
Where does the electricity to recharge electric cars come from? How is that electricity generated?
There are LOTS of Biden voters who bought huge, gas guzzling SUVs and trucks.
I will enjoy seeing them terrorized and hearing their cries.
to save America. leftards have to “go”.
Its time to identify the editors/owners of the LA Times and publicize their carbon footprints and habits.They must be held accountable to the people.
My wife and I recently discussed RVing in our future. Now - not so sure. Campgrounds cost as much as a decent motel, gas prices and RV costs continue to rise, and they’re cracking down on boondocking in some places.
I’ve taken a wait and see approach to the crazy. Maybe towing a pop-up isn’t gonna be such a bad idea.
I was lucky enough to camp across country in the 60’s and early 70’s. The memories of those trips are still some of the best.
I read and heard all about the Ice Age in the 1970’s caused by our Pollution. Funny how all of these REAL Stories are now Deleted from the Internet. Most links DEAD now!!!
1970 – Colder Winters Held Dawn of New Ice Age – Scientists See Ice Age In the Future(The Washington Post, January 11, 1970)
1970 – Is Mankind Manufacturing a New Ice Age for Itself? (L.A. Times, January 15, 1970)
1970 – New Ice Age May Descend On Man (Sumter Daily Item, January 26, 1970)
1970 – Pollution Prospect A Chilling One (Owosso Argus-Press, January 26, 1970)
1970 – Pollution’s 2-way ‘Freeze’ On Society (Middlesboro Daily News, January 28, 1970)
1970 – Cold Facts About Pollution (The Southeast Missourian, January 29, 1970)
1970 – Pollution Could Cause Ice Age, Agency Reports (St. Petersburg Times, March 4, 1970)
1970 – Pollution Called Ice Age Threat (St. Petersburg Times, June 26, 1970)
1970 – Dirt Will .Bring New Ice Age (The Sydney Morning Herald, October 19, 1970)
1971 – Ice Age Refugee Dies Underground (The Montreal Gazette, Febuary 17, 1971)
1971 – U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming (The Washington Post, July 9, 1971)
1971 – Ice Age Around the Corner (Chicago Tribune, July 10, 1971)
1971 – New Ice Age Coming – It’s Already Getting Colder (L.A. Times, October 24, 1971)
1971 – Another Ice Age? Pollution Blocking Sunlight (The Day, November 1, 1971)
1971 – Air Pollution Could Bring An Ice Age (Harlan Daily Enterprise, November 4, 1971)
1972 – Air pollution may cause ice age (Free-Lance Star, February 3, 1972)
1972 – Scientist Says New ice Age Coming (The Ledger, February 13, 1972)
1972 – Scientist predicts new ice age (Free-Lance Star, September 11, 1972)
1972 – British expert on Climate Change says Says New Ice Age Creeping Over Northern Hemisphere (Lewiston Evening Journal, September 11, 1972)
1972 – Climate Seen Cooling For Return Of Ice Age (Portsmouth Times, September 11, 1972)
1972 – New Ice Age Slipping Over North (Press-Courier, September 11, 1972)
1972 – Ice Age Begins A New Assault In North (The Age, September 12, 1972)
1972 – Weather To Get Colder (Montreal Gazette, September 12, 1972)
1972 – British climate expert predicts new Ice Age (The Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 1972)
1972 – Scientist Sees Chilling Signs of New Ice Age (L.A. Times, September 24, 1972)
1972 – Science: Another Ice Age? (Time Magazine, November 13, 1972)
1973 – The Ice Age Cometh (The Saturday Review, March 24, 1973)
1973 – Weather-watchers think another ice age may be on the way (The Christian Science Monitor, December 11, 1973)
1974 – New evidence indicates ice age here (Eugene Register-Guard, May 29, 1974)
1974 – Another Ice Age? (Time Magazine, June 24, 1974)
1974 – 2 Scientists Think ‘Little’ Ice Age Near (The Hartford Courant, August 11, 1974)
1974 – Ice Age, worse food crisis seen (The Chicago Tribune, October 30, 1974)
1974 – Believes Pollution Could Bring On Ice Age(Ludington Daily News, December 4, 1974)
1974 – Pollution Could Spur Ice Age, Nasa Says (Beaver Country Times, December 4, 1974)
1974 – Air Pollution May Trigger Ice Age, Scientists Feel (The Telegraph, December 5, 1974)
1974 – More Air Pollution Could Trigger Ice Age Disaster (Daily Sentinel – December 5, 1974)
1974 – Scientists Fear Smog Could Cause Ice Age (Milwaukee Journal, December 5, 1974)
1975 – Climate Changes Called Ominous (The New York Times, January 19, 1975)
1975 – Climate Change: Chilling Possibilities (Science News, March 1, 1975)
1975 – B-r-r-r-r: New Ice Age on way soon? (The Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1975)
1975 – Cooling Trends Arouse Fear That New Ice Age Coming (Eugene Register-Guard, March 2, 1975)
1975 – Is Another Ice Age Due? Arctic Ice Expands In Last Decade (Youngstown Vindicator – March 2, 1975)
1975 – Is Earth Headed For Another Ice Age? (Reading Eagle, March 2, 1975)
1975 – New Ice Age Dawning? Significant Shift In Climate Seen (Times Daily, March 2, 1975)
1975 – There’s Troublesome Weather Ahead (Tri City Herald, March 2, 1975)
1975 – Is Earth Doomed To Live Through Another Ice Age? (The Robesonian, March 3, 1975)
1975 – The Ice Age cometh: the system that controls our climate (The Chicago Tribune, April 13, 1975)
1975 – The Cooling World (Newsweek, April 28, 1975)
1975 – Scientists Ask Why World Climate Is Changing; Major Cooling May Be Ahead (PDF) (The New York Times, May 21, 1975)
1975 – In the Grip of a New Ice Age? (International Wildlife, July-August, 1975)
1975 – Oil Spill Could Cause New Ice Age (Milwaukee Journal, December 11, 1975)
1976 – The Cooling: Has the Next Ice Age Already Begun? [Book] (Lowell Ponte, 1976)
1977 – Blizzard – What Happens if it Doesn’t Stop? [Book] (George Stone, 1977)
1977 – The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age [Book] (The Impact Team, 1977)
1976 – Worrisome CIA Report; Even U.S. Farms May be Hit by Cooling Trend (U.S. News & World Report, May 31, 1976)
1977 – The Big Freeze (Time Magazine, January 31, 1977)
1977 – We Will Freeze in the Dark (Capital Cities Communications Documentary, Host: Nancy Dickerson, April 12, 1977)
1978 – The New Ice Age [Book] (Henry Gilfond, 1978)
1978 – Little Ice Age: Severe winters and cool summers ahead (Calgary Herald, January 10, 1978)
1978 – Winters Will Get Colder, ‘we’re Entering Little Ice Age’ (Ellensburg Daily Record, January 10, 1978)
1978 – Geologist Says Winters Getting Colder (Middlesboro Daily News, January 16, 1978)
1978 – It’s Going To Get Colder (Boca Raton News, January 17, 1978)
1978 – Believe new ice age is coming (The Bryan Times, March 31, 1978)
1978 – The Coming Ice Age (In Search Of TV Show, Season 2, Episode 23, Host: Leonard Nimoy, May 1978)
1978 – An Ice Age Is Coming Weather Expert Fears (Milwaukee Sentinel, November 17, 1978)
1979 – A Choice of Catastrophes – The Disasters That Threaten Our World [Book] (Isaac Asimov, 1979)
1979 – Get Ready to Freeze (Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 12, 1979)
1979 – New ice age almost upon us? (The Christian Science Monitor, November 14, 1979)
China is doing it by building hundreds of coal fired power plants. But the physics of electric power transmission make it impractical for them to ship juice to the US.
Yep. I always say the tree huggers are too dumb or just plain ignorant as of where the other end of that battery operated car charge cord is connected.
When you can charge a car battery in 10 minutes and go another 300 miles between charges with solar I might...might be interested.
There’s no need for a thumb on the scale. Kookiefornia can just extend its sales tax to all good and services while ridding itself of its income and corporate taxes, along with its inheritance, dividend and capital gains taxes and the state property taxes. Property ownership, work and savings would be rewarded, while overconsumption would be discouraged.
Conservation achieved, you nattering L.A. Slimes nanny statist.
Combined Global Warming and Nanny State PING!
News media was saying the same thing back in 1975.
I remember car lots in Tulsa OK packed with these electric monstrosities for sale. Never saw one on the streets.
Shut down private jets and limousines and watch the tides turn.
Of course, there is zero manufacturing or power involved in making and running electric cars.
I like the way that you think. Also, find out how many vacations they take - all that travel surely harms Mama Gaia.
In TX you recharge your car batteries from those frozen windmills.
The LA Times (and their owners, publishers, editors and staff) need to turn off the electricity in their buildings and homes—forever.
Their hypocrisy is getting tiresome.
Yes, people are not happy with the record that breeder style nuclear reactors have racked up. Those massive bombs are not the only option. At one point, Bill Gates was going to invest in molten-salt reactors, but that appears to have been an empty promise.
There is an interesting parallel. Back when tobacco was an issue, the "right" answer was to cut back on smoking. What the general public wanted, though, is cancer-free smokes. That was the market-driven answer. Yes, smoking has gone down, but far more gradually.
COVID-19 has shown that increasing population density has its, um, problems. The growth of work-from-home during the pandemic has opened the eyes of management everywhere. While the jury is still out on whether WFH is long-term viable, the current results look promising.
But is the real problem CO2? Or is the problem other pollutants?
They will choke supples, and use taxes and fees to try to force us into electric golf carts. By this time next year gas may be $6.00 a gallon.
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