analyse a wheeled vehicle

itemise the individual components that can be produced exclusively from the output of a windfarm or nuclear power station.

Even the raw materials for the battery itself require fossil fuels to extract/transport them, let alone to other materials that make up the vehicle in total. Then try to visualise the electric grid system that would be required for near-100% power of the global vehicle fleet.

And that’s before we deal with roads and transport infrastructure.

Much of the collective thinking on our imminent problems seems to concentrate itself around the motor vehicle. ie — as long as we have cars, prosperity will continue.

When in fact it has been accumulated prosperity that has allowed us to have wheeled vehicles, not the other way around. Assuming you drive a car, it isn’t the journey that improves your personal wealth, it’s what you do at either end of the journey the creates the wealth you live on.

To earn a living, you convert one energy form into another, and get paid wages to do that.

Vehicles consume energy, they do not produce it.

Iceland is an oddity — I would have thought that was obvious. It sits on top of a thermal earth outlet.

Do the same with, say, a house. mentally remove every item from your home that contains a component of oil coal or gas.

You are now sitting naked on bare earth, starving to death.

put back anything that can be replaced exclusively with electricity, and you might get my point

But you are quite right in saying that soil and water are a bigger problem

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