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How Green Is Your Electric It Depends on Where You Live

There are a lot of reasons to buy an electric Their prices are coming their styling is getting and with gas costs still they’re becoming a more attractive option. But for many car the big selling point is ultimately the After all, with consumption ratings that top the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. cars seem like an environmentalist step.

Car companies certainly play up perception, whether through names like the Nissan or through tools like online emissions counter. however, analysts have questioning just how green green machines actually As Will Oremus notes in Jones. the answer may depend in no part on where you live. and your electricity comes

After all, almost of U.S. electricity production from coal, a dirty-burning that releases carbon just like a gas engine. To matters worse, burning also releases a variety of noxious compounds. including oxides and sulfur dioxide, are significant contributors to acid

Oremus notes that not state relies heavily on Some use nuclear power which opens another can of — while others use solar, hydroelectric, wind, and renewable resources. In other the carbon footprint an electric car greatly from state to

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As, for that matter, does the level of coal-burning plants, on the level of emission-scrubbing they do, and the cleanness or dirtiness of the coal use.

Incidentally, if you’re where your state on the carbon-per-kilowatt-hour scale, a recent EPA — America’s Dirtiest Plants — should you figure it out. It ranks the by levels of power plant (Spoiler alert: Texas, and Florida top the list.)

Admittedly, when it comes to the footprint of electrics, emissions the entire story. After these cars use a host of earth minerals in their moreover, vampire drain, by their batteries slowly charge even when the car being driven, casts incredibly high mpg equivalence question. Ultimately, though, the surrounding electrics’ emissions an interesting light on an even underlying problem: the patchwork of that keeps some of filthiest power plants in — and continues to get in the way of converting our over to genuinely greener

Bruce Watson is DailyFinance’s Editor. You can reach him by e-mail at or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971 .

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