Weatherman wrote:Bottom line is that any mass adoption of electric vehicles is not going to make much difference at all in total CO2 production without a major shift in electric generation to cleaner methods.
What about the argument that just refining oil into gasoline uses about as much electricity as it does to power the EV directly?
I suppose you could take a tiny bit out of the 20% contribution from Industry. But remember that gasoline is only one product resulting from the refining of crude oil. Refining crude isn't going to significantly slow down just because of a reduction in demand for one of the fractions.
I think the main appeal for the conversion to electric cars is to reduce dependency on foreign oil. We may not decrease the total amount of CO2 produced, but it will come from burning domestic natural gas and coal. Far more people (across the entire political and ideological spectrum) will be willing to go along with this argument than the argument that electric vehicle adoption will significantly reduce CO2 production.