American liberals think that Europeans are so much better than we are, because they have smaller “carbon footprints.” They’re better, because they’re not as dependent on dirty fossil fuels as we are. They drive clean electric cars, and we drive gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting SUVs.
Would it surprise you to find out that Europeans are actually making themselves more dependent on fossil fuels because of their growing use of electric cars?
But, I thought that electric cars are “cleaner.” Well, think about where that electricity is generated in the first place. Power plants. And what fuel source is often used to generate electricity? Coal. And yes, coal doesn’t cease to be a fossil fuel just because Europeans use it. It’s just as “dirty” and “dangerous” there as it is here. From the Daily Caller:
Research shows that Norway’s growing electric vehicle market forces the country to be more dependent on coal-fueled power plants — but, according to the researchers, this is a good thing for the climate.
In short, burning coal to fuel carbon-cutting electric vehicles moves the climate justice ball forward.
Ove Wolfgang, a research scientist at SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, and his assistants — Steve Völler and Magnus Korpås — calculated that half of all new electricity Europe needs for the powering of electric cars would come from coal-fueled powered stations.
But, if every electric car in Norway is plugged into the electric grid by 2020, as Wolfgang’s research shows, then Europe will have to produce more coal-burning electricity to meet the demand.
The uptick in demand will result in annual carbon emissions of 1.5 million tons in the rest of Europe. An increase of that size means someone will need to take a carbon-emissions haircut. According to Wolfgang and his assistants, this scenario means electric vehicles will encourage Europeans to depend more on coal, rather than weaning them off the dirty fuel.
Basically, more electric vehicles, mean more coal power plants, which, of course, mean a higher rate of carbon emissions. Give with one hand, take with the other.
They’re hoping that this growing dependence on coal-fueled power plants will incentivize countries to move toward wind and solar. So, in the long run, it’s okay to use dirty fossil fuels presently and hopefully temporarily.
This issue has nothing to do with the environment and keeping it clean. It has nothing to do with global warming. World leaders want to bankrupt the current energy leaders in the market through regulations. If they can do that, then the failed green industry will be artificially propped up and granted a government-sponsored monopoly. And the best part is that they’ll make you and me pay for it while they reap all the financial benefits. Oh, but it’s “for the children.”