TO THE EDITOR:
In his recent columns, Keith Crain has been kind and courteous towards the automobile manufacturers in their rather insane rush to total electric and artificial-intelligence-controlled vehicles.
But the recent heat in the western U.S. and massive rains along the East Coast present a glimpse of what we may encounter as normal, should we persist in this headlong rush.
In California, backup electrical generators that use fossil fuels are being shut down. With simultaneous heat and drought, the absence of reserve capacity leaves only the voluntary reduction of electric usage. California foretells what will be the norm in the entire USA, unless we stop to re-evaluate our options.
How will we supply endless electrical battery chargers when there is inadequate capacity to use your air conditioning or wash your clothes?
Our ability to generate electricity is at present finite! Yet leadership ignores these worrisome events, that are now regular occurrences, as though they are immune.
Shortages result in price increases. So electric vehicles have higher acquisition costs and require expensive home installation chargers, and if the electric costs go up or supply is rationed, we will need gasoline-powered generators to fuel our vehicles at night! Seems like gasoline power will be back in vogue quickly!
The facts are that we do not have adequate electricity for our present needs. It is beyond time to explain what is in store, given the conditions that exist and the utter idiocy to proceed without addressing the elemental requirement: stable, continuous and sufficient electrical generation.
A.M. deLANGE, Reisterstown, Md., The writer is a former oil company engineer who now is an independent provider of vehicle servicing.