Lauritzen laments the environmental impact of EVs, particularly mining and transportation of minerals. All industrial activities have some environmental impact, but those of EVs are miniscule in comparison with gas vehicle damage: fossil fuel extraction with fracking and tar sands land scarring, fuel transportation, widespread oil spills, refinery leaks in Cancer Alley, constant tailpipe pollution which kills millions globally each year and massive planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
Finally, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognizes that although the challenge is enormous, the world can and must by 2050 transition the transportation sector from fossil fuels, while modernizing the grid and generating all power from renewable energy. Driving an EV now contributes to reaching this goal and avoiding climate catastrophe. Illustrating the feasibility, in September 2021, 77.5% of new vehicle registrations in Norway were full EVs.
Regarding John Vickrey’s Wednesday letter, here’s another thought: How about birth control? How about women and men take responsibility for their own bodies? How about doctors and parents and others teach birth control and we wouldn’t have to worry about someone killing a baby? How about let’s stop feeling sorry for people who can’t afford to have children yet keep on having them anyway?