Random Thought

Dave Killion — December 17, 2012

Intellectually responsible people have been pointing out for some time that the environmental benefits attributed to electric vehicles are overstated, given that the lack of pollutants resulting from running the vehicle are offset by the pollution produced by the coal-fired power plants that generate the electricity to begin with. However, after posting about the astonishing decrease in greenhouse gas emissions that has occurred in the U.S. (due, in large part, to fracking), I recall that much of the decrease is the result of coal-fired electrical plants being converted to run on natural gas. I think it’s quite likely that some recalculations will soon show that although electric cars are still not quite so benign as boosters claim, they are significantly better than they used to be.

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