Cow farts.....Battery production and the grid is dirty!
Common excuses dinosaur juice proponents give to throw shade on the EV revolution
Internal combustion engine proponents who often find themselves forced into an illogical defensive corner; frequently retreat to their safe dismissive space of “but battery production is dirty and the grid is still fossil/coal powered etc”
Let’s be crystal clear. No one asserts that any EV or renewable energy generation is 100% “clean” or emission free. Heck every human that breathes is emitting carbon. But even young children understand the concept of relativism. A cow farts more methane than you and me and the cleanest petrol/diesel vehicle will emit more emissions than an equivalent EV over manufacturing and average life-cycle. Adjusted for scale the emissions gulf in favour of EVs is indisputable. The facts make sense and are there for all to see/smell.
“whataboutism” also known as whataboutery, is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.
So is battery manufacturing “dirtier” or more carbon intensive than engine manufacturing? YES. But we do not leave batteries or engines in museums. We run them in cars/buses/motorcycles for lifetime mileage of averages in the half a million to a million miles. Consider the fossil fuel being burnt over this life-cycle compared to the zero tailpipe emissions of an EV and it becomes obvious which mode of mobility is “dirtier”
And how about a coal or fossil grid powering EVs? Even assuming a zero renewable energy grid, EVs still trump ICE vehicles. Why? The answer is efficiency. EV drivetrains are up to 90% efficient whereas ICE vehicles barely scrap 30-40% efficiency. That means we consume much lower energy per mile traveled in an EV as compared to a ICE vehicle. It’s not that hard to understand if you are not in the dinosaur juice whataboutism camp. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It is our duty to future generations on our pale blue dot.
So how do we solve cow farts? We are kinda occupied with solving sustainable mobility so over to you.