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‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Takes On Electric Cars

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Adam Ruins EverythingIf you have access to truTV (or CollegeHumor’s YouTube channel), you are probably familiar with Adam Conover and his show Adam Ruins Everything. As the name implies, each episode tackles a new subject matter for Adam to ruin, like the US elections, weddings, and social media. In a recent episode that tackled being green, Adam proceeded to ruin green cars. While he got some points right, many in the auto industry are quick to point out that some of his biggest digs were incorrect.


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In the first part of the video, Adam states that plug-in hybrids have just as many emissions as a traditional car if their electricity comes from a coal-powered plant. What he neglects to say is that coal is in a decline, and several municipalities use other sources of electricity. The Verge points out that the American government has actually created a tool to show car shoppers if emissions of electric cars are higher or lower than gasoline powered cars in their state. So, Conover is correct, but not completely.

The rest of the video is less problematic. Conover points out that if someone is switching to a brand-new electric car when their current car is still reasonably efficient, any emissions savings from the new car are completely neutralized with the carbon footprint of the car’s manufacture. Basically, if you need a new car, feel free to buy electric or hybrid. If you don’t need a new one, don’t buy one. The same goes for all types of so-called “green” goods.


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Conover might paint a gloomier-than-necessary portrait of electric cars, but many of his points are valid, not to mention presented in a funny manner. We’ll all keep this in mind when we covet the new shiny electric cars that are going to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show.

News Source: The Verge

  • Climate Change kills kids

    Conover has little feel for when he’s correct – at least in the science and math arena. Even 100% coal fired electrons don’t make an electric car less green than an average American car. Repeat, Conover is totally wrong in more than 99% of cases. The one case he might be tied for right is West Viriginia and a Prius if (AND THIS IS A HUGE IF) the gasoline that the Prius burned was sourced locally. WRONG! The sludge that the oil tanker burns is so thick, you can walk on it. Or maybe a pipeline to Texas for cracking and distilling and a truck to get the gas to the filling station. But oil also necessarily carries a part of the carbon footprint of war. Each drop of it does. Just the truth. So what do you think the carbon emissions are from that? Have we fought any wars over solar or wind yet? How about coal?

    Drop gas or drop your kids. It is black and white. And then start eliminating coal as well because our parents screwed us all and we’re not helping much yet. Climate change is coming real fast and it’s going to make both world wars look like the state fair.

  • RobSez

    It’s amazing to me how someone with no scientific or engineering background, let alone expertise, feels qualified to pontificate on EVs just because they have a audience. What is more amazing is how many people give credibility to such ignorance because the audience exists.

    Ruining EVs is probably just more right-wingnut paid anti-EV propaganda aimed at millennials who are the biggest EV proponents. More junk science dummed down for the gullible that needs to be thrown on the pile of misinformation spewed by the wrong-right.