TO THE EDITOR:
Automotive News writes Nov. 16 that "Biden needs to set clear path for cleaner cars." The industry will be disappointed. The incoming Biden administration will prove to be too clueless about the scope of the task and totally inept at implementing what it decides to do. Democrats are enthralled with the idea that establishing rules equals actual progress and woefully underestimate the cost required for their goals.
The route to a Biden failure is evident in "Calif. air regulator sees state auto emissions deal as 'template' for Biden," (autonews.com, Nov. 13). Retiring California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols says she sees a move towards electric and other zero-emission vehicles. There is no such thing as a "zero-emission" electric vehicle. The electricity to propel it must be generated somewhere, and that site emits greenhouse gas emissions — soon to increase as more food for these electrics is generated.
Add in that Biden wants to build 500,000 public charging stations, and his administration's cluelessness becomes clear. The U.S. will need 5 million, not 500,000, such stations to keep the U.S. economy rolling, and the cost to put them in place, plus the cost of adapting highways to EVs, will cost at least $10 trillion, all spent upfront by the end of Biden's presidency! Good luck getting this expense past taxpayers!
NORMAN HIGBY, President, WMP Forecasts, Menlo Park, Calif.