Tesla, EV Charging, and CO2 Emissions

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the December 4th, 2015

Saw Tesla share this post about a ticket for blocking an EV charging spot.

Warning to gasoline car drivers, if you block an EV charging station in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland with a vehicle that doesn’t plug-in, you risk getting a $60 parking fine. The police in Gaithersburg gave a ticket to a Jeep that parked in a clearly marked electric vehicle charging spot at the Cadence at Crown parking garage.

While I’m a fan of Tesla and electric cars in general, it can get rather interesting when you crunch some numbers. Depending on the type of vehicle parked in the EV charging spot, you may be doing the earth a favor if you block an electric vehicle. Assuming of course that you accept CO2 emissions are contributing to harmful climate change.

See, electricity doesn’t come from no where, it must be generated, and when you research the power company providing the juice, you can estimate the CO2 footprint of an electric vehicle across the same 15,000 miles uses to estimate CO2 emissions.

PEPCO, which provides power in Gaithersburg, Maryland, provides the emission estimates for their power generation given their fuel mix averaged over a previous period of months. Here is their latest information for  July 2014 – June 2015.

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So, doing some informal number crunching, given 15,000 miles a year and extrapolating Tesla’s 70kWh model with a range of 240 miles, and a Tesla would generate 4.6 tons of CO2 annually plugged into a PEPCO power source. So, it beats this Jeep (probably any Jeep, I just picked a generic 4WD 2014 Wrangler), which would emit 8 tons annually.

My 2005 Escape Hybrid, however,  is cleaner than the Jeep at 5.1 tons annually. But it still falls short of the Tesla’s 4.6 tons. But that is a 2005 1st generation small SUV hybrid. Let’s compare a current model hybrid sedan, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid or the MKZ Hybrid. Those vehicles are actually cleaner than a Tesla plugging into PEPCO power, emitting 3.5 and 3.7 tons compared to Tesla’s 4.6.

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Interesting food for thought about where you plug in an electric vehicle and the fuel mix where the electricity actually comes from. So, next time you’re in a jam trying to find a parking spot, if you drive a current model hybrid and the EV charging spot is open, go ahead and park there for the sake of the oceans and the children.

EDIT: Revisiting this, I think I made an error in comparing tons and pounds, mistaking a ton for 1000 pounds and not 2000. Doh. So, the Tesla actually produces half of the CO2 I estimated at 2.3 or so. I think comparing a Fusion Hybrid to it is still noteworthy, 3.5 vs 2.3, but the Tesla does have it beat. As power companies evolve their fuel mixes away from coal, the CO2 footprint per megawatt will continue to decline.

Out of Control Police

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the April 10th, 2015

There is no place for law enforcement “professionals” like this in the United States. They shouldn’t be placed on paid leave, they should be on unpaid leave if you’re not going to terminate them right away. Then charge them for anything and everything criminally prosecutable in the video.

I’m sure the suspect will have his day in court as well for his lawlessness, after he gets out of the hospital.

The suspect was knocked off the horse, went prone and was clearly submitting to surrender. The chase, whatever it entailed, was over. He even placed his hands behind his back and kept them there. I’m sure he wished he hadn’t spread his legs for the officer that took a well aimed kick at the opportunity, to say nothing of the cheapness of every single blow delivered.

The irony is that the actual criminal prior to this beating will likely be a very rich man after the dust has settled in the coming months or years. Congratulations Mr. Pusok, you just won the stupid police brutality lottery.

UPDATE: I missed this development, but a month after posting this, an article detailed the settlement for Mr. Pusok.

The county agreed to pay Pusok a $650,000 settlement less than two weeks after the incident.

What would be great is if it came out of the officers’ paychecks and pensions. Garnish their wages for the next 10 years or something. Sadly, I assume it’s essentially coming out of the pockets of residents of San Bernardino County.

The worst part is that Mr. Pusok basically just cashed out, instead of doing what needs to be done and strip some of these officers of their badges.

As part of the settlement, the county admitted no wrongdoing in Pusok’s arrest.

Indiana’s RFRA and a Macro Perspective on the Culture Wars

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the April 1st, 2015

Tim Carney encapsulates the sentiment held by many on the right regarding the culture war fireworks with the recent outburst on the left over Indiana’s RFRA.

From gay marriage to abortion, the left has become unsatisfied with tolerance and even legal recognition of their positions. They now demand philosophical compliance and legal enforcement of their positions. Where once they requested respect and tolerance, they now extend neither.

Religious liberty is the terms of surrender the Right is requesting in the culture war. It is conservative America saying to the cultural and political elites, you have your gay marriage, your no-fault divorce, your obscene music and television, your indoctrinating public schools and your abortion-on-demand. May we please be allowed to not participate in these?

But no. Tolerance isn’t the goal. Religious conservatives must atone for their heretical views with acts of contrition: Bake me a cake, photograph my wedding, pay for my abortion and my contraception.

Obama Birth Certificate Mug

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the August 24th, 2012

Sold by the Obama Campaign.

There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it — and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA mug today.


The Debt Limit Explained

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the January 14th, 2012

Billions of Dollars, and for What?

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the March 24th, 2011

Really makes you wonder.

Air traffic safety is under increased scrutiny by federal authorities following an incident in which two passenger jets landed without controller assistance at Reagan National Airport because no one could be reached in the airport tower.

Responding to the incident, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement that he has directed FAA to put two air traffic controllers on the midnight shift at Reagan National.

“It is not acceptable to have just one controller in the tower managing air traffic in this critical air space,” LaHood said. Reagan National is located in Northern Virginia just across the Potomac River from Washington.

Strange.  It makes you question where the money goes.  How much does the FAA official that writes the rules make?  They seriously don’t have a specific 24/7 stipulation in place for the airport a scant 3 miles from the Capitol and White House?

CNN’s Borger Sums Up Obama

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan on the October 8th, 2009

Without intending to, CNN’s Gloria Borger completely sums up what many have said about Obama’s presidency.  That being that it would essentially unite the Republican party like nothing else could.  (my emphasis added below)

The real reason that the GOP preference is growing is the new support from independent voters, who now favor GOP candidates by 45 percent to 36 percent, according to Gallup. Before Obama’s election, they were with the Democrats. Back in July, independents were split but not anymore.And all of that progress for the Republicans, for doing nothing.

Obama’s excessive domestic agenda and goals are apparently not shared by a majority of Americans, even Democrats in congress.  A fact lost to Borger.  Republicans haven’t had to do a thing.  Exactly.  Obama is doing it all for them.

All the while, you — the “serious” opposition — continue to intone to the public “we want to work with him, of course.”

Of course, you don’t.

Gosh, where have I heard that before?  Oh right!  President Obama, who regularly states that, “The time for bickering is over.”  Translation: Do it my way, because I’m not doing it your way, so you’re going to do it my way.

And they’re surprised that the going has gotten tough?  I’m sort of amused that a nationally broadcast political analyst is pointing fingers at the opposite party for Obama’s troubles in Washington.