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Electric Cars: The Environmentally Friendly Way of Losing Money Since 2009

Pat2881 Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 12:38 AM
What most people fail to realize is that while electric or hybrid cars use less gasoline, when you consider the impact of mining the toxic rare earths that are used in their production, they are not particularly environmentally friendly. Many of the byproducts of the refining process are radioactive and quite poisonous. The fact that these are generally released into streams in China rather than as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere here in the United States is the main reason why people here think they are so environmentally friendly. Look at the entire production process and they are often more harmful to the environment of the planet than any conventional automobile. Too bad the environmentalists seldom look past the surface.
1960Republican Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 3:44 AM
Thanks, Pat2881. John Ransom should hire you as his knowledgable research expert, at least to the issue. You gave a more important analysis and critique, using fewer words. Also, how we acquire the rare earth products needed in today's technology might be another topic worth reporting.
Rich L. Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 3:50 PM
Not only that, but when you use your electricity to recharge the batteries, you are generally using coal fired electic plants and your electric bill goes through the roof.

Volt ad "I saved so much in gasoline, I can almost pay my electricity bill!"

A Congressional Budget Office report released in the fall tells Obama what the rest of us have known for some time: Your bet on electric cars wasn’t an investment, but a gamble; a dumb gamble.

And now you’ve just come up snake eyes.

“Despite the federal government pumping $7.5 billion into the electric vehicle industry in the United States through 2019,” writes the CSMonitor.com, “overall national gasoline consumption is unlikely to be significantly affected, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).”

The CBO says that even if Obama increased the amount of the subsidy, it...

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