Another misguidance by the left.
I have always been bothered when form takes precedence over content. The Left has made this a science. Alternative energy is a great idea as an adjuvant to fossil fuels (hydrocarbons). Solar panels are great - when it’s sunny, wind turbines are great when it’s windy, but consumers need a steady source of energy so the lights don’t dim during late night work.
And so we discuss the electric car. It has already been said that the electric car transfers the pollution from the road to the source of electricity, usually coal or other hydrocarbon power plant far away. So instead of a local carbon foot print, look off to the horizon to finf that foot print.
And now this regarding the electric car and their batteries (from: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/electric-cars-may-not-be-so-green-after-all-says-british-study/story-e6frg8y6-1226073103576):
"Many electric cars are expected to need a replacement battery after a few years. Once the emissions from producing the second are added in, the total CO2 from producing an electric car rises to 12.6 tonnes, compared with 5.6 tonnes for a petrol car. Disposal also produces double the emissions because of the energy consumed in recovering and recycling metals in the battery. The study also took into account carbon emitted to generate the grid electricity consumed.
"Greg Archer, director of Low CVP, said the industry should state the full lifecycle emissions of cars rather than just tailpipe emissions, to avoid misleading consumers. He said that drivers wanting to minimise emissions could be better off buying a small, efficient petrol or diesel car. “People have to match the technology to their particular needs,” he said."
See the entire article to learn why the Volt et al are do not have a smaller carbon foot print based on a theory that is ridden with scandal. The low-tech solution to travel long distances when gas stations may be unable to pump fuel: a few 5 gal cans. Much more reliable than batteries that last a few years. Additionally, a full sized vehicle will have the needed room to move people and gear for that one last roadtrip.