The Library Muse
I am sure that most of you are aware that a group of CMGC members, including myself, attended the Detroit Auto Show this past January. While there I stopped by the Volkswagen display. They had several diesels on the floor, but they were missing all information on MPG and emissions. I wonder what’s that all about? VW did have a nice battery powered car that they were touting as being emission free.
But that got me to thinking, where does the electricity come from? Nuclear fission power plants (Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island, Japan), what could go wrong there. Coal burning? Acid rain and smog, that’s not very green. Wind turbines, hydroelectric, tidal? All have problems and currently (pun intended) can only produce limited KWHs. And the mining for the metals and rare earths for the batteries? Again an environmental nightmare. There is no free lunch when it comes to electricity. At least until someone comes up with nuclear fusion. VW did not have any diesels or the electric car on display several weeks later at the Chicago show, while they are ‘sorting out issues.’
|-- ~~ Bill Mennell