by Keri Dougherty
While hurricane season technically started two months ago, most of us didn’t notice until August – or even September – those pesky tropical depressions off the coast of Africa.
My favorite game in the salon is the annual “will-we-john-if-a-Hurricane-is-way-way-our-way” debate. My family’s answer, so far, has always been no.
There’s a reason many of us smile faintly when emergency management types cheerfully talk about “organized evacuations” of tidal water.
We saw traffic in the tunnels on summer weekends. We spent hours cooking it. We also know that the only thing worse than falling into the shaky house of a Class 4 stick is spending it in a massive traffic jam on the bridge by Willoughby Spit.
Now imagine that you are stuck spitting in an electric car that has run out of juice.
This is the problem of storms. They don’t offer a flight plan. As meteorologists study the data and try to predict where these hurricanes will go, we have to make our own decisions.
By the time the weather gets so scary that you’ll want to leave town, it’s already too late.
Then again, we weren’t seriously threatened by a Cat 5 hurricane. If a brutal storm was headed this way, I suppose we’d have to pack the car and the dog and head west.
Imagine for a moment that Biden’s absurd dream of universal electric cars came true. And there was a mass evacuation from Outer Banks, Florida or even Tidewater.
In fact, you don’t have to imagine it, one of the most famous commentators on Twitter – with unfortunate dealings and over 800,000 followers – just did:
I live in Florida – hurricanes are unpredictable until last hours – imagine a million electric cars trying to get away, stuck on major northbound roads and running out of charge… Thousands dead – months bringing in gas-powered generators to clear major highways. This is a fact.
– Catturd™ (@catturd2) July 31, 2022
He may be right. Electric cars may be a nightmare during a massive evacuation. Studies have been done showing cascading power grid failures if large numbers of Florida residents simultaneously charge their cars in preparation for a major storm.
Electric car owners would be worse off if they stayed behind and went without electricity for days or weeks.
Does anyone else remember Hurricane Isabel in 2003? That storm came ashore in Virginia as a powerful Category 1 storm. However, some of us were without electricity for about three weeks.
In a 2021 article titled “Electric Vehicles Are Powerless During Hurricanes,” Forbes Magazine He claimed that electric cars would exacerbate the problems of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Ida that had just wiped out a lot of electric power in Louisiana.
On Sept. 5, about a week after Hurricane Ida, 640,000 customers, or more than a quarter of Louisiana households, were still without electricity and unable to recharge any electric vehicles they might own.
Gasoline and diesel win when natural disasters interfere with the power grid…
Natural disasters and power outages are not uncommon events. The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration tracks dozens of power outages each year. Some are small events that affect small numbers of customers for a few minutes. Other factors, such as Hurricane Ida, affect millions of customers for days in a row.
Any kind of weather emergency will be made worse by the abundance of electric vehicles. Remember the horror of last winter on I-95, when thousands of motorists—including Senator Tim Kaine—were stranded all night in a blizzard and ice storm north of Richmond? Now imagine if most of them were in electric cars. The kind that turns off when idle. These people had hypothermia by morning. Some electric vehicles could have died on the highway, exacerbating the problems.
This push toward electric vehicles is one of the most reckless campaigns an administration has ever launched. Most American families can’t afford electric cars. Almost no one wants to face the cost of replacing electric car batteries. It seems that no thought is given to what happens during weather events such as hurricanes, hurricanes, and ice storms that cut the power grid.
Kudos to anyone who buys an electric car. I hope you enjoy it. As someone who always buys used cars, I anticipate that I will be driving an old fashioned combustion engine for the foreseeable future.
If you are stranded at home with your Tesla in the aftermath of a hurricane, call me. I will not take you with gas consumers, but I will sympathize with your plight.
This column is republished with permission from Keri: Unemployed and Unemployed.