If you Really Care about the Environment you’ll Keep Driving your Gas Guzzler

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 22nd, 2011

Week in Review

It was bad enough that electric cars were inconvenient as hell.  And plaguing drivers with range anxiety.  Now we learn that they pollute more than cars with a gasoline engine (see Update: Fisker Karma Electric Car Gets Worse Mileage Than an SUV by Warren Meyer posted 10/20/2011 on Forbes).

The Fisker Karma electric car, developed mainly with your tax money so that a bunch of rich VC’s wouldn’t have to risk any real money…

As I calculated in my earlier Forbes article, one needs to multiply the EPA MPGe by .365 to get a number that truly compares fossil fuel use of an electric car with a traditional gasoline engine car on an apples to apples basis.  In the case of the Fisker Karma, we get a true MPGe of 19.  This makes it worse than even the city rating of a Ford Explorer SUV.

Congrats to the Fisker Karma, which now joins corn ethanol in the ranks of heavily subsidized supposedly green technologies that are actually worse for the environment than current solutions.

The environmentalists hate SUVs.  That’s why they wanted to get government to subsidize these ‘clean’ electric cars.  I put ‘clean’ in quotes because as we have just learned they pollute more than those despised SUVs.  Imagine that.

So, I guess if you really care about the environment, you’ll keep driving your gas guzzlers.  Because one of the worst of the gas guzzlers pollutes less than the electric car.



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