The Myth of Zero Emissions

One of the problems with renewable energy is that it isn’t, at least not when one counts all the stuff that it took to get the product built in the first place. I thought the problems with electric cars would be obvious to just about everyone, but apparently they aren’t. An article in today’s Seeking Alpha has a neat explanation. Here’s the key point from “Plug-in Vehicles and Their Dirty Little Secret”:

The dirty little secret of plug-in vehicles is that they’ll all charge their batteries with inherently dirty night-time power and be responsible for more CO2 emissions than a fuel efficient Prius-class HEV that costs a third less and doesn’t have any pesky issues with plugs, charging infrastructure or range limitations.

For a full explanation, read the article. It’s got neat graphs too.



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