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About that Chimney You're Driving

About that Chimney You're Driving

Author: Reilly Capps/Sunday, March 9, 2014/Categories: climate change

Driving a "zero-emission" electric car is very good for your self esteem. You can tell by how many mirrors these cars have. The rearview mirror can be tilted down to glimpse your beatific face. The visors have mirrors that will reflect your selfless egocentrism -- I mean, eco-centrism. (Damn autocorrect.) The backup camera lets the driver spy the beautiful world he is leaving behind him.

But they don't really make much difference in terms of climate change

Because until we get our electricity from nuclear power, an electric car is probably actually powered by coal. Meaning that your 2013 Nissan leaf is actually, in terms of climate damage, a 1910 London chimney. 

No, they're not quite that bad. They're better than regular cars, but not much. Even if hybrid and electric cars made up 42 percent of the U.S. passenger vehicle fleet, it "wouldn't make much difference" in our overall output of pollutants. 

Unless they have a bumper sticker reading "More Nukes Now!," all Chevy Volts should have bumper stickers reading: "I love coal!" 

-- Reilly Capps 

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