I use to really have some ill will towards those who own one of those those zero-to-sixty in a week-and-a-half vajay-jays-on-wheels better known as electric cars.
But for now, I’ve at least eased up just a wee bit on those particular individuals.
Granted, while at least a sizable percentage of those folks are little more than virtue signaling eco-warrior wannabes, I’ve come to grips with the fact that it’s their money, people can spend their money any way they see fit.
However, the resale value of these duds is halved after a mere 36 months of ownership, and then there’s the age old question of how are you suppose to properly dispose of a 240lb battery? Hell, I feel guilty for trashing a AAA-battery.
But at least President Trump is killing the $7,500 gubmint subsidy that President Doofus forced upon the American taxpayers.
Anyhow, the prevailing conventional (liberal) wisdom is that anyone who owns a Prius, Volt, Leaf, etc., simply must be a wonderful person and more than worthy of the rest of us heaping praise upon them for saving Mother Earth by way of taking a pass on one of those evil fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
But to the same do-gooders I must ask, where do you think electricity comes from?
I’m glad you asked. According from another useless government bureaucracy, specifically the US Energy Information Administration, here’s the breakdown;
- Fossil fuels (total) – 63.5%
- Natural gas – 35.1%
- Coal – 27.4%
- Petroleum – 0.6%
- Petroleum liquids – 0.4%
- Petroleum coke – 0.2%
- Other gases – 0.3%
- Nuclear – 19.3%
- Biomass (total) – 1.5%
- Wood – 1.0%
- Landfill gas – 0.3%
- Municipal solid waste (biogenic) – 0.2%
- Other biomass waste – 0.1%
The remaining “green” sources account for a mere 17.2%.
So the next time one of you Gaia-worshipping tree huggers recharge your pathetic excuse for a vehicle, thank a coal miner.