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EV's only as Clean as the Electricity that Drives them

Oilprice.com -- Electric cars are the cleanest form of transport. Obviously more environmentally friendly than any petrol or diesel cars out there…that’s a given fact…isn’t it?

Well not necessarily. According to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists titled ‘State of Charge: Electric Vehicles’ Global Warming Emissions and Fuel Cost Savings Across the United States’, the amount of greenhouse gases released by as a result of charging the battery packs, varies greatly from State to State.

California’s clean energy mix makes the Nissan Leaf an environmental hero, whereas the coal –based electricity in Denver significantly reduces this claim.



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Submitted Apr 17, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 7:25:44 PM

CNG!
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:14:49 AM

But then... the oil companies wouldn't want you to hear that
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:12:49 AM

.... and the massive air pollution it also creates....

[Edited by: Gnusman53 at 4/19/2012 9:13:38 AM EST]
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:11:17 AM

And if they really wanted to compare truthfully, they should also look at how "clean" oil is with all the massive spills and destruction that goes with it...
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:35:54 PM

Thank you for posting.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:52:10 AM

judgemobile....the GOP and this Karl "Marx" clown clone are selling you nothing but edsels...
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:48:38 AM

alsa proves he still is in the dark.... and may always be given the latest post.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:45:45 AM

seems like their still is a lot of gullible poster who think that coal is the only way to make electricity.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 9:44:07 AM

sadly, mrpc seems to have swallowed propoganda sandwich delivered by a perpetual liar.....
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mrpc90
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:43:29 AM

This is a surprise to some people, and the cold, hard truth to the environmentalists who choose to knowingly ignore it.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 6:11:40 AM

And the electricity produces ozone. Wait until the greenies start griping about that.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:08:29 AM

EV's need electricity in order to operate and charge the vehicle storage battery, how that electricity is produced can be a problem. The electricity can come from: coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro or renewable sources. And, these electrical sources do not pollute or emit visible smoke or particles either?
Installing solar panels or wind turbines on the roof can help reduce the cost of electricity supplied by the local utility. A site survey of the local installation area will determine if solar panels or wind turbines can be worthwhile.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible!
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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kgbellman
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:52:13 AM

It takes some dirty processes to to get the electric to charge the cars
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:37:18 AM

Most of their power comes from coal fired power plants.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:31:09 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:28:39 AM

Thanks to CA energy policies we aren't polluting with our Leafs and Hybrids electrics/Prius'. Rest of country needs LPG/CNG brought in and adapted like the taxi industry in many developed countries. Often seen in British commonwealth like OZ and N.Z. We needed that BIG 2 dome ship from Australia but the Malibu Do-good/Tree-huggers like Pierc Brosnan rallied the big $ of Malibu because the ships would have cruised many miles out to sea but would have been visible unloading at sea pipeling to Pt. Mcgu. Cittomg off our noses...
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:26:35 AM

Most of the Granite State's electricity is from coal or nuclear plants. With a modicum from wood or water...
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jason98122
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:25:57 AM

I agree. In the northwest we get most of the electricity via hydroelectric power.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:24:23 AM

melvindale you are completely out of touch. Solar can't replace anything. The amount of power obtained from solar is minute, compared to the need. Solar roof panels on houses produce less than 20% of the total usage for the house. Coal is popular because it produces a great deal of electricity for a small amount of effort and cost. If we followed your suggestions, we'd all be in the dark.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:21:28 AM

Since 74% of electrical power plants run on coal. Not to green, huh?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:21:21 AM

Whatever
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Right
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:14:54 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:13:25 AM

elec. is high enough now
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:12:29 AM

more Solyndras in our future ?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:12:16 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:11:37 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:11:31 AM

Electric Vehicles are a bad idea.

Can you imagine how much electric would cost us if everyone needed it for their vehicles?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:10:23 AM

O.K.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:09:06 AM

drive nuclear cars
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:08:58 AM

ok ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:07:49 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:06:38 AM

Funny.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:06:32 AM

A report from where? Is that a nationally recognized agency? Dirty electricity? Really?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:06:21 AM

We are doing our part for Global Warming no EV here???
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Clean up one part only to see the ugly side
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:06:14 AM

everyone forgets about how electricity is produced
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:05:53 AM

Is it true?
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:04:48 AM

So electric cars are bad as well?
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:04:04 AM

.
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:02:19 AM

still, a positive sign...
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lies
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:59:29 PM

OK. Then clean up the electricity generation.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:58:30 PM

If your electric charges from coal ... not too green!
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:57:37 PM

guess it depends on where you live?
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:57:26 PM

Lots of pollution from energy production plants that produce electricity.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:57:18 PM

Thanks,i didn't know those facts.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:53:45 PM

Will see in the long run.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:52:31 PM

I've always said this.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:51:47 PM

It takes some dirty processes to to get the electric to charge the cars
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