Do electric cars reduce global warming emissions if you are using coal to generate the electricity?

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  • 2 years ago
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    In a state like West Virginia where nearly all energy comes from Coal, an electric car has about the carbon footprint of a gas vehicle that gets 30 MPH. So, better than a pickup, but not better than a small gas-efficient or hybrid car. But coal plants are cleaner, they output less particulate pollution than auto engines; thus they have an advantage if you like fresh air. And electric cars have a much lower carbon footprint an area such as Northern California where almost 70% of energy to consumers is from non-greenhouse sources.

  • 2 years ago

    News headlines from Europe indicate "the Greenies" are in trouble.

    ‘UK MUST BOOST FRACKING TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON RUSSIAN ENERGY’

    GREEN FLOP: ELECTRIC CAR SALES TUMBLE OVER PRICE AND PLUGS

    SCOTTISH WIND COMPANY GOES BANKRUPT AS UK GOVT CUTS GREEN SUBSIDIES

    GREEN NO MORE: CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT ONLY A SIDE ISSUE FOR GERMANY’S NEW COALITION GOVT – REPORT

    Fossil Fuels are making America Great Again!!

  • Vela
    Lv 6
    2 years ago

    that's just more right wing propaganda

    build more solar and wind farms

  • 2 years ago

    You hit the hypocrisy. To create electricity, yes you have to burn coal. So, no, it does nothing to save the planet but it makes the car buyers feel superior

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Duke Energy’s announced plans to retire nine more coal-generating units with a total capacity of 2 GW setting a goal to reduce its carbon intensity, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kWh produced, by 45% compared to 2005 levels.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    No.

  • David
    Lv 6
    2 years ago

    If a country is extremely coal-heavy, e.g. India, then gasoline cars may emit less CO2 / mile than electric cars.

    http://www.euanmearns.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/... (an average gasoline car is about 220 g / km.)

    Note that the above is just one study. Comparisons like this are notoriously difficult, and require some degree of generalization and assumption.

    Even the US gets enough of its electricity from other, non-coal sources that the average emissions / mile for an electric car are better than the average gasoline car.

    And of course, CO2 is not the only reason that electric cars are green. By redistributing the emissions point source to a large centralized power plant far away from a city center, other forms of air pollution that have negative health effects are able to be contained much more effectively compared to tail pipes sputtering right next to pedestrians.

  • a2yar
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    yes

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Yes, because we can control the plants more effectively.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Nope , Its just a feel good thing

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