Electric cars have been hailed as the clean transportation solution of the future. People are slowly realizing that gas-guzzling cars and trucks need to be removed from the road, and governments have set up attractive incentive structures to entice people to buy electric cars instead.
There’s something very futuristic and clean about plugging your car into a tidy electrical outlet at the end of the day, instead of filling it up with expensive gasoline. But unless 100% of that electric power comes from wind, solar, or other renewable energy, an electric car isn’t a zero-emissions vehicle.
“Many states still rely on coal power to meet a large portion of their electric needs,” writes Rachel Krech of Yahoo News. “If more electric cars hit the roads, then they will require an increase in electricity production to charge the batteries. In many cases, states may resort to increased coal production since they already utilize their coal-powered plants to begin with. Coal plants alone are a major contributor to widespread pollution problems.”
You probably wouldn’t brag about having a coal-powered vehicle in the garage, but for many electric car owners, this is exactly what’s happening.
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