EVs will still be charged by fossil fuels

January 17, 2023

Local citizens have recently had the opportunity to read commentaries from Reps. Rich Collins and Jesse Vanderwende in the Cape Gazette expressing their criticisms of the rush to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles. 

What jumped out at me is this sentence from Rep. Jesse Vanderwende: "Without any consent or input from the public’s elected legislative representatives, Gov. Carney and the agencies under his command are seeking a rapid, potentially traumatic, transition to electric vehicles, despite unresolved massive logistical, environmental, social and economic concerns.” 

Just like the governor’s dictatorial control of COVID policy, this latest executive assault on us is indeed an insult to every citizen who is led to believe that we live in a republic in which the voters, through their representatives, are sovereign.

In looking at my current Delmarva Power electric bill, it shows in the list of fuel sources – curiously from 2018 – used to produce electricity that a majority come from fossil fuels – 59.4% from coal and natural gas; only 3% from wind and solar. 

So, in his zeal to model California’s zero-emission vehicle policy, the governor hasn't disclosed how he is going to eliminate fossil fuels from the electricity-generating process for those vehicles. Why?

Remember, windmills only produce electricity at about a third of the time and solar panels sleep at night.      

Geary Foertsch
Rehoboth Beach


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