The sound you hear is the sobbing of duped Prius owners. According to Green Car Congress, a new study published in Atmospheric Environment — yes, you guessed it, one of my favorite journals —found that total emissions from electric vehicles equal emissions from internal combustion vehicles. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means electric cars aren’t any “cleaner” than gasoline-burners. Your Prius isn’t “saving the planet.” For once, this research team added in all the real-life pollution “costs” — they factored in the additional weight of electric vehicles, tire wear, brake wear, road wear, and road dust. Turns out, the electric cars generate more pollutants from road dust and road wear than cars that run on eeeevil gasoline, which balances out other factors. And these researchers didn’t even calculate for the source of the electricity that powers electric cars: fossil fuels. But don’t hold your breath that libs will ever ditch their Leaf or Volt. Snobbery will remain their driving force.
Limbaugh Letter, 02/17