I'm with you, jbfalaska. Same here.
Ekohler2004, the coal issue is bogus, but the reasons why regrettably require more than a bumper sticker.
"In a typical passenger car, only about 15 to 20 percent of the energy in the fuel tank actually gets used by the internal combustion engine to move the vehicle down the road. Most of the BTU of gasoline is lost in friction or heat, and some is wasted during idling or deceleration.
But electric motors are much simpler than gasoline or diesel engines, with no ignition or compression, no fuel lines, tanks, or exhaust systems. EVs convert about 60 percent of the electrical energy from the grid
to power at the wheels, say U.S. government energy analysts. That's one of the reasons why studies have found that a shift to EVs would reduce greenhouse gas emissions
, even if a large part of the electric power system is fired by carbon-intensive coal.
And unlike gasoline engines, electric motors provide an opportunity to further drive down emissions. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S. presidential race, said you can't drive a car with a windmill on it. That's true. But you can charge an EV using wind, solar, hydropower, or nuclear energy to sever carbon emissions from driving."
The leading power source for generating electricity is now natural gas, coal is now in second place. Then there is hydro, wind, solar, etc. The local mix may vary of course. Some areas get the majority from hydro for example.
Plus, an EV is the only car that get's "cleaner" as the power supply does.