Wednesday, October 06, 2010

By the numbers


By the numbers, originally uploaded by KC-Bike.

In the US, there's a 68% chance you're charging that "green" plug-in electric/hybrid with fire and smoke. Dumbasses. Source.

Randy pointed out to me that 100% of traditional vehicles are petroleum-powered.

Of course, some traditional vehicles with small, efficient engines use less fuel than certain hybrids do. As always, gas-powered vehicles can be used frugally by combining trips, choosing closer destinations, car-pooling and walking or bicycling for trips when feasible. Cars themselves aren't the enemy. Sprawl, gluttony and excess are.

2 comments:

Eric Rogers said...

It's even worse here in Kansas City. 87% of KCP&L's power comes from coal. Only 2% is from wind. The remaining 11% is nuclear.

So when you charge your electric car here, the vast majority of that power is coming from coal. Your electric car is really a coal-powered car.

Crazy Commuting Cyclist said...

Here is what I want to know. If they put all these plugs for your electric car in on the streets, who pays for the electrisity? The news reporters are going ga ga over it but no one asks, how does the electrisity get paid for?

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