"I think all options need to be on the table, as you know, the gas tax hasn't been increased since 1993 and it's never been pegged to inflation." “There are several different models, in the short to medium term that could include revisiting the gas tax, adjusting it, and or connecting it to inflation," Buttigieg said. ...
Buttigieg also raised the possibility of creating a new “vehicle miles traveled” (VMT) tax that would charge drivers based on a per-mile tax but cautioned that the technology might not be ready to support implementing this policy while also raising privacy concerns.
TRUMP: "I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars."
Marc Morano: Thank you, Mr. President! You have achieved what few Presidents have when it comes to securing the U.S.'s national security. Your energy policies contributed greatly to achieving no new wars. Previous Presidents paid lip service to "energy independence" but during your administration, you not only achieved it, but you also went one step better -- you presided over an American energy renaissance that led to U.S. energy dominance!
In 2019, “U.S. energy exports exceeded imports for the first time since 1952,” the EIA reported. The EIA also reported, “In 2019, U.S. energy production exceeded energy consumption for the first time since 1957,” when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Trump's energy achievements were so off the charts that the last time the U.S. saw this kind of energy dominance was when Harry S. Truman was president in 1952!
In 2018, about 5.1 million EVs were in use around the globe. That means that cutting domestic gasoline demand by a third would require the U.S. to deploy roughly 20 times as many EVs as are now being used around the world. That’s a tall order. ... Richard Herrington, the head of earth sciences at the Natural History Museum in London, and seven of his colleagues sent a letter to the British government that underscored the scale of the challenge. Herrington and his colleagues calculated the amount of commodities, including rare earth elements, that would be needed to convert all the United Kingdom’s 31 million motor vehicles to electric drive. (Rare earths are a group of 17 elements that includes neodymium, an essential ingredient in electric motors.) They found that doing so would require “two times the total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three-quarters of the world’s lithium production and at least half of the world’s copper production during 2018.”
The U.S. has about 276 million registered motor vehicles, or roughly nine times as many vehicles as the U.K. Thus, if Herrington’s numbers are right, electrifying all of U.S. motor vehicles would require roughly 18 times the world’s current cobalt production, about nine times global neodymium output, nearly seven times global lithium production, and about four times world copper production.
At Tesla’s current price-to-earnings ratio, it would take the company almost 1,600 years to make what the stock market says it’s worth. The New Statesman put up a startling comparison. In 2020, Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles. Yet, its market capitalization shot up to $750 billion dollars. Comparatively, General Motors delivered 2.5 million vehicles in the same year, yet its market value is only $62 billion. Tesla’s price-to-earnings ratio — a comparison of current share price to earnings per share — is roughly 128X (the industry average is 15X), according to Zacks Investment Research. Based on that ratio, it would take Tesla 1,600 years to make the kind of money the stock market says it’s worth.
"Traitors like you and your friends who backed Trump and his goons attacking the Capital are going on the no-fly list anyhow, Halperin wrote to Morano on Twitter.
Morano replied: "I would not be surprised if you are correct. Should I have my utilities shut off and driver's license revoked as well for supporting Trump?" Morano added: "Put me on a no-fly list? Will it matter? If Bill Gates gets his way 99.99 % of humanity will be on no-fly list since all the commercial airlines will have been bankrupted and out of business."
UK Daily Mail: "The Microsoft boss's company Cascade Investment entered the bidding war for British private jet servicing company Signature Aviation Friday Cascade teamed up with Blackstone Group to make a $4.3 billion bid
In February, Gates will release his book 'How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need' In it he sets out his plans for how the world can reach zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent a climate crisis This comes months after he published a blog post lecturing the public that climate change 'could be worse' than the coronavirus pandemic Signature Aviation handles 1.6 million private jet flights every year A private jet flight emits up to 40 times as much carbon per passenger as regular commercial flights, according to research"
Climate Depot's Morano: "Decimating the Commerical airline industry with endless COVID lockdown policies won't impact people like Bill Gates, Prince Charles, Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio -- They will continue to fly on (and own) private jets & private jet companies.
WWF International: "Transformative change is urgently needed in our productive sectors, including our food systems, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and extractives, and in the finance sector. These transformations need to happen fast if we are to limit risks of higher restoration costs and irreversible damage, including new pandemics and species extinction. We must transform our food systems so that enough healthy and nutritious food is produced for all, within planetary boundaries."
Since the 1980s, 29% of human CO2 emissions were cancelled out by the CO2-induced greening of the Earth. The post-2000 vegetative greening expansion has been so massive (5.4 million km²) its net areal increase is equivalent to a region the size of the Amazon rainforest.