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September 09, 2018   |   Forbes


Tesla And Electric Cars Don't Replace Oil And Natural Gas

It's therefore just as clear that oil and natural gas solutions will remain integral to our mission to cut GHG emissions and combat climate change. They have to be: for as far as our Department of Energy's National Energy Modeling System forecasts (now until 2050), oil and gas will still supply the bulk of our energy. Fortunately and undeniably, U.S. oil and natural gas have already proven to be part of the climate solution, with non-stop technological evolution at the heart of their ongoing success.

One of the great advancements in American life that for some reason routinely goes unreported is the plummeting of U.S. concentrations of common pollutants and the ongoing improvement in U.S. air quality. For some, better U.S. air quality is "an inconvenient success story" because it doesn't exactly necessitate the rush to their favored sources of energy.

But, perhaps what's most important here is that this incredible progress has come with an immense increase in U.S. oil and gas usage. For example, environmental progress made in the refining of fuels and improvements in vehicles is inarguable. Cleaner fuels used in today’s more efficient vehicles are slashing pollutants in tailpipe emissions  and quietly like a fine wine, the internal combustion engine just keeps getting better.

In stark contrast to what their opponents want you to believe, the incumbent oil and gas technologies are constantly evolving - apparently in the dark because so few talk about it.

It's absolutely assured that oil-based cars aren't going away anytime soon. Their numbers are simply overwhelming. The U.S. oil-based car fleet totals more than 260 million, and we are selling over 17 million oil cars a year. With still less 1 million electric cars now on U.S. roads, supporting the ongoing oil-based car evolution with R&D is therefore mandatory.

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