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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gas car's tailpipe extends all the way to coal plant

Gas car's tailpipe extends all the way to coal plant:
"'You're just plugging into a lump of coal' charge, or what I call, the 'gotcha' critique, as in, 'Ha, ha -- you smug EV owner or advocate, you're polluting too -- gotcha!'

Here's my back-to-you 'gotcha':

'You, gas car drivers, are also plugging into a lump of coal -- via the oil refining process!'

Oil refining requires a tremendous amount of electricity, much of it generated by the burning of coal at large power plants. In the U.S., in 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil refineries consumed 42,682 million kilowatts of electricity.

To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of the yearly electricity consumption of about 5.4 million average American households!

That's right, gas-powered cars drive partially on coal!"