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  •  Zero emissions depends on the state. (2+ / 0-)
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    Deward Hastings, K S LaVida

    If you live in a state that mines coal, chances are your electricity has a serious coal component.  The emissions take place, just at a smokestack instead of at your tailpipe.  

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    by Yamaneko2 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:01:27 AM PST

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    •  Right, because there are ZERO emissions in oil (7+ / 0-)

      production.  Exploring, drilling, transporting, refining, further transporting, and pumping/selling all take place without a single drop of oil burnt or a single electron fired.  Let's not even get into the tremendous amount of emissions produced by having to maintain a ginormous army and navy and air force to patrol the shipping lanes so the oil keeps flowing.

      I really am getting sick of this coal-fired electricity nonsense.  It's an oil industry talking point, and those idiots don't even realize it applies right back to them. Every gas station in the states that use coal is also burning electricity all day, every day.  

    •  Here is the deal, if we can centralize (5+ / 0-)
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      otto, MPociask, SLKRR, Quicklund, sacrelicious

      our energy needs to one mode (electrical system) to the extent we can green that single mode, the entire system will be greened.  Going electric is the first step in greening.

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      by Sychotic1 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 03:56:51 AM PST

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    •  A pure-EV allows me to go off-grid (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      And setup my own solar installation to power my house and car.

      You cannot do that with a gas car. At all.

      Plus, I would posit that the EROEI and pollution output of coal power+transmission+zero-emmissions is still better than the oil extraction (and the military force to force other countries to do that), refining, transport, storage and subsequent burning in a terribly inefficent small motor.

      Did you know that gas cars (aside from hybrids like the Prius) still have emissions while turned off?  It's called evaporative emission.

      If you want to run the numbers, I would bet you EVs still win.

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      by sacrelicious on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:26:20 AM PST

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    •  Even using coal-fired electricity (1+ / 0-)
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      An electric car is cleaner than most of the internal combustion engine cars on the road in the US. The electric motor is much, much better at transforming power into motion (whereas an internal combustion engine turns most of the power from gasoline into heat, a portion of which is used to create motion).

      Electric vehicle CO2

      To summarize the linked article:

      If

      Your current car gets 33 mpg or better,

      AND

      You live in the worst region in the country for CO2-producing electric utilities (basically: Colorado), then an EV isn't going to be an improvement.

      In any other region of the country, an electric car is going to reduce CO2 vs an internal combustion car.

      And electric will reduce CO2 vs any car that gets below 33 mpg, even in the worst region in the entire country for dirty electric production.

      Note: the average mileage in American cars on the road today is: 21 mpg.

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