- May 6, 2018
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- South Burlington, VT
Well, duh. It’s not like we’re going to flip a switch and go ‘carbon neutral’ worldwide overnight.Oh, and until your electricity is generated from a 'carbon neutral' source you're not really solving any problem: just passing it on.
For example, up here in VT in 2021 74.5% of our energy generated in state was with hydro, wind or solar power. 25% is biomass (less than ideal, but moving away from it) and the last tiny bit is natural gas, typically used in turbines at peaks but they’ve been running programs to get batteries in people’s houses to help with weather related power outages and peak events. Since they closed the Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant, we’ve imported hydro power from Canada and nuclear power from NH to cover the deficit. So, if you’re driving an EV in VT it’s objectively a hell of a lot cleaner than an ICE car. We’re a small state so updating our grid and making changes for less environmentally crappy power generation is a little easier. Though, we do have a bit further to go before we’re fully ‘carbon neutral’.
The challenges vary based on location, but I don’t think it’s impossible to move away from fossil fuels. Sadly, the change is either too slow or too fast depending on who you ask and everything is so politically charged that it doesn’t matter what you do if you’re on the wrong team… so who knows how much will actually change. I lose a little bit of hope every day.