ransition from oil-fueled vehicles to all-electric ones, and how might these rivalries be overcome?
Wind, solar, and electric are great alternative resources, but wind and solar are unpredictable due to the wind not always blowing and the sun not always shining. How will society function without electricity due to the wind not blowing or the sun not shining? There has to be a way to make renewable resources much more reliable than it is. Geo-political and energy complex rivalries that will rise are going to be between oil companies and other companies who facilitate renewable energy resources. In order to make renewable energy sustainable infrastructure must change. It would take building smaller wind and solar systems so everyone has access, analyzing the cost of existing infrastructure, and investments. It will be hard to transition from fossil-fuels to electric, wind, and solar due to countries having serious investments in coal, oil, and gas. In conclusion the transition although possible is going to be a slow one due to the investments, infrastructure, political climate, and sustainability of renewable resources.
In my honest estimation all-electric vehicles is a realistic alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles due to how energy efficient they are, but they can also be costly to maintain and purchase due to the cost associated with all-electric vehicles may incur. Due to the geo-political climate, oil companies are in jeopardy of their profits being affected because the cars do not need any kind of oil, coal, or natural gas to operate. There are positive and negative side effects. A negative is that electric car parts are more expensive, therefore the car companies making the innovative change are luxury brands such as Tesla. Other brands have electric car options, but those models still rely somewhat on gas. Also, there needs to be a charging port for the car to run at one’s residence or a public destination. The switch can happen, but the negative consequence mainly being cost is something that goes against companies significantly so there has to be a way to make the switch to electric cars economical for all and accessible charging ports for these vehicles as well that can accommodate multiple cars at a time that are not residential.
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