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Electric Cars

2023-08-17 00:00:00 / episode: 213

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Script

"Electric cars? Wow.

They're getting more popular all the time.

I think one of the reasons they're getting more popular is many people believe electric cars are clean.

I mean, energy clean, carbon, clean.

They don't make as much carbon.

Well, I don't know what the, the truth is in different countries, but I'm pretty skeptical that these cars are clean.

They use electricity.

Ok.

So the car itself isn't burning gasoline.

That doesn't mean it's clean, it's using electricity.

How did that elec, electricity get made? Well, it could be made by some kind of clean means like solar or wind energy.

Yeah.

Sure.

Possibly.

But it could be made by a coal plant or burning some other fossil fuels.

We don't really have a guarantee that the electricity that goes into the car was made cleanly.

You have to do a lot of research.

Every country is different and even different parts of the country might be different.

Is this nuclear energy making the electricity or what? I don't know, other than that electric cars look like they have a lot of good points.

They're quiet.

I like that.

Except when the cars sneak up behind you and you can't hear them coming.

That's kind of scary.

They have great acceleration.

On the other hand, they also have heavy batteries now, heavy is one problem.

But for me, the more serious problem is the environmental damage, batteries cause we cause great amounts of damage by taking the materials out of the earth to make the batteries and we cause great amounts of damage, throwing away the used batteries.

This is a really big thing and nobody's really talking about it because nobody wants to give up cars.

But we do want to move away from CO2 based uh energy consumption.

So, cars, electric cars are sort of the thing of the future and I don't think they're gonna go away fast but they're not the panacea that some people think they are.

We've got a lot of problems that they're creating now."