Letter: Focus Efforts on Efficiency
To the Editor:
In response to Charles McKenna’s Jan. 15 letter, “The Role of Electric Vehicles”:
Electricity travels at near the speed of light on power lines (about 1,800 miles in 0.01 seconds), meaning that New England grid electricity is not much different from Midwest or East Coast grid electricity.
A Honda Civic EX-L operated 12,000 miles per year in gasoline mode will use 364 gallons, produce 7,055 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and cost $1,309 for fuel. A Chevy Volt operated 12,000 miles per year in electric vehicle mode will use 3,888 kilowatt-hours of electricity, produce 5,748 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and cost $583 for fuel.
In 2011, carbon dioxide emissions were: world, 33,990 million metric tons; U.S., 6,022 million tons; Vermont, 8.1 million tons. Anything Vermont does to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is of no consequence regarding global warming.
It would be much better for Vermont, a poor state, to concentrate on zero-energy buildings and high-mileage cars, which together emit 75 percent of Vermont’s emissions, instead of concentrating on destroying ridge lines to place highly-visible, noise-making, 459-foot-high, industrial wind turbines that produce intermittent and subsidized energy. Carbon dioxide reduction from increased energy efficiency is three to five times less costly than from wind and solar energy.