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With The Tesla Model S Elon Musk Has Created A Nice Fossil Fuel Car Forbes

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With The Tesla Model S, Musk Has Created A Nice Fuel Car

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A months ago, I walked a Tesla showroom in Newport to admire the stylish new Model S. I wasn’t eager to plunk $80,000 ($7500 contributed by my fellow citizens as a result of subsidies) for the “long-range” model could take me 247 miles at highway speeds–until its battery, my iPhone battery, wore to a fraction of its former power and a $30,000 replacement. Still, I it’s a cool car. to some of my friends, it gives the best driving experience ever had, thanks in to the car’s wonderfully powerful and electric motor.

As I admired the one of the salespeople looked at me and said, an ironic shirt to be wearing He was referring to my “I Love Fossil shirt.

“Really?” I responded. “You the Tesla is a coal car,


It is commonplace to contrast gas-powered with “electric cars,” but the in an “electric car” must from somewhere–and that is usually fossil fuels . oil, and natural gas, produce a combined 67% of electricity the globe, because they are so plentiful, and reliable. And the role of fuels is increasing, not decreasing; in the world, 80% of new power plants use coal.

To his credit, the salesperson at knew that the electricity had to from somewhere–but not to his credit, he want to acknowledge how often means fossil fuels. He responded that, well, the Tesla can run on fossil fuels, but it’s designed to run on “something solar and wind. Here, he is the gospel of Tesla founder Musk. a vocal supporter of fuels restrictions who says the will ”help expedite the from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon towards a solar electric

Unlikely. How much of the world’s do solar and wind produce? decades of subsidies, less 1%. The reasons for this have well understood for decades. sunlight and wind are low-density they require vast and material resources to capture.

And because sunlight and wind are energy, they always a backup, which is almost fossil fuels.

If Teslas over the world, they do so as mostly coal cars–or gas cars. And not just because of the it takes to run them, but because of the amount of energy it takes to them. The Tesla’s state-of-the-art particularly that $30,000 take a massive amount of to build–and that energy from fossil fuels, coal.

In fact, some studies that the Tesla battery so much fossil fuel to make that the car over its emits more CO2 than a car.

Does that the Tesla is no good? Absolutely The fact that the Tesla a lot of fossil fuel electricity not be used to damn the Tesla–it be used to celebrate fossil electricity.

The average life of a human being without there are 1.4 billion in this 48 years old. In the last 30 thanks to a tripling or more of production in countries throughout the world, mostly using over 2.5 billion people added 6 years to their expectancy. Think about you love that you lost and think about what 6 years would mean.

Now multiply that by 2.5 billion

Around the world, hundreds of of individuals have gotten first light-bulb, their refrigerator, their first with clean drinking or a full stomach, their decent-paying job thanks to coal-based Without coal, none of would have been In the US, 30 years ago the average household had 3 devices—today it has 25. overwhelmingly thanks to fuels.

Perhaps the most benefit of fossil fuel is in making us safer from the Our cultural discussion on “climate fixates on whether or not fossil impact the climate. Of course do—everything does—but the question matters is whether it is becoming or more dangerous. Here, the is unambiguous—in the last 80 years, as fuels have increased the of CO2 in the atmosphere from .03% to all of we have become 50 times likely to die because of climate-related

Give thanks to the proliferation of technology (climate control, homes, weather satellites, convoys, modern agriculture), are made possible by fossil

Several years ago, I Musk’s anti-fossil-fuel political with a close friend of The man was an excellent engineer, and looked at with pure technological “I understand where you’re from,” I said. “But the thing. If he has any success whatsoever his political goals, he will do to billions of lives. Someone can a lot of great engineering feats and be a negative force in the world.”

Elon Musk, you’ve a great coal car. stop others from a great coal life.

. For more on this issue, my response to the most common arguments, see The Tesla Debate .

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