“What powers an electric car? Well, you might think batteries. Okay. But let’s take it one step further here. What powers the batteries? Where does that electricity come from? Predominantly it comes from coal-fired power plants, which are located outside the cities. And those coal plants, of course, emit some amount of mercury and heavy metals, and they emit carbon dioxide, of course, and particulate pollutants, which then settle on farm lands and forests and rural areas.”
In another article from one of the armpits of the internet (Natural News), Adams makes this point as though he is revealing a dirty secret of the industry.
It’s a given that using electric cars or hybrids will result in some pollution. Their usage is obviously not 100% clean unless the electricity supply comes from solar, wind, etc all the way up the food chain.
But the point is that hybrids and electrical vehicles (EVs) are much cleaner than their standard gas burning counterpart — not that they are pollution free.
The cleanness of plug in EVs depends on where you drive because the electricity you get comes from the regional power supply, which varies from region to region. Nevertheless, even the dirtiest region results in EVs being far more energy efficient than even high mileage standard vehicles. Which means that more of them is a good thing.