Electricity is a Social Construct

Most regular Americans labor diligently to accommodate those who want them off the planet. Because when that accommodation doesn’t occur people get called names ending in “ist,” “er,” and “ite.” And we want to avoid that at all costs. To do so requires us to feign belief in a broad raft of liberal pieties. Changing Climate Globe is one of the least potent of these, in that it remains within that splinter of topics that still may be debated publicly sans pseudonym. That, sports, and which whites are racist.

And so it was recently that I found myself in a polite discussion with a weather supremacist 👼 regarding their intention to purchase an electric vehicle 🔌. To them I wondered aloud: Was it for the limited range? The higher up front costs? Perhaps the ample leisure time afforded by electricity fill-ups? No bigot, the reason you buy an electric car is to increase pollution. Ahh, finally a worthy cause.

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

Ethanol isn’t so green, either.

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

The study examines environmental costs for cars’ entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries.

“Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car,” said Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it.

The states with the highest percentage of electricity coming from coal, according to the Department of Energy, are West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois.

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline. Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of Energy.

But if the power supply comes from natural gas, the all-electric car produces half as many air pollution health problems as gas-powered cars do. And if the power comes from wind, water or wave energy, it produces about one-quarter of the air pollution deaths.

Hybrids and diesel engines are cleaner than gas, causing fewer air pollution deaths and spewing less heat-trapping gas.

But ethanol isn’t, with 80 percent more air pollution mortality, according to the study.

“If we’re using ethanol for environmental benefits, for air quality and climate change, we’re going down the wrong path,” Hill said.

Well I certainly don’t believe a word of that. My counterpart was quite vehement about the cleanliness of electric vehicles–specifically claiming that whatever fluids may percolate within their very expensive and short-lived batteries could be drank as if from a mountain stream. Though obviously from where that electricity originates is key. And no, it’s not all going to come from acres of The Lord’s Propellers.

And while I find the Denier! fanatics to be as foamingly gullible as all other SJW 👯 derivatives, my contention is not with those harboring honest concern for the environment. But rather those rational atheists who–finding themselves lacking–have turned it into a God. The Flying Climate Monster. Mockery looks good in green.

Without it needing to be said, this was the impetus of the person above’s purchase decision. It was not about economics, amenities, appearance, or pollution. It was for the same reason an affluent man buys a Mercedes: cachet. The electric car purchaser was paying a heady premium and absorbing many substantial inconveniences to aquire standing among his enviro congregants. That is all. At least the Mercedes owner implicitly understands his purchase. The poor plugged-in did not.


2 thoughts on “Electricity is a Social Construct

  1. “But rather those rational atheists who–finding themselves lacking–have turned it into a God.”

    A God who damns us for the sin of existing.

    You can drive your Prius all you want, but complete absolution will come only with extinction.

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