We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Somebody told me yesterday that electric cars will save the human race from extinction because they have no emissions. What can you say to people like that? I am not kidding: She said electricity comes from the wall outlets. College-educated.
Bird Dog, my friend ... You say that your friend who told you yesterday that electric cars would save the human race because they have no emissions, because electricity comes from wall outlets, is "college educated." I would say rather that she is "college uneducated," or rather, profoundly ignorant. It's sad but true that some folks can skate through the educational process, from kindergarten through college, without ever learning anything. You've known some, I've known some.
Where do these "college educated" dingbats think electricity comes from (besides wall outlets)? When coal-fired plants provide approximately half of the generating capacity in the US, the only realistic conclusion is that electric cars run on dirty coal.
You're right Phil. Approximately half the electricity in the US comes from coal-fired generating plants. Now I would love to see more nuclear-fired generating plants [Texas has one, but only one]. In total, there are only 140 nuclear powered electricity-generating plants in the US.
Not so Europe. France gets 70% or more of its electricity from nuclear fired generating plants, Germany slightly less. Britain is also in the game. The only laggards on this are the United States and other backward countries. It is to be hoped that, now we have elected some grown-ups to Congress, we will remedy this situation.
In addition to the pollution caused by the generation of electricity, the manufacturing, maintenance, and disposal of batteries isn't exactly an environmental dream. And there is still the mining, refining, and fabrication of the metals, plastics, and dozens of other materials.
Dingbats, indeed! A local was challenged recently to try going a week without using any oil. That would be easy, she claimed, because she lives near enough to her grocer that she could just walk there. She honestly had no idea how many products she uses every day, besides her car, are based on or use oil.