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Electric Cars Aren't As Green As You Think

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Rick DeBaan (1 hour ago)
building electric cars produce greenhouse gases, but so do regular cars...he is not being honest . electric car batteries requires mining. true so does oil and since only 15% is burned in cars its worse. plus batteries are recycled. my house produces all the power via solar, doesn't mention that possibility. i think he is oil company shill.😬
Shemar Austin (10 hours ago)
Damn Adam 😭😭😭😭
Unreasonably Sane (16 hours ago)
That is only true is you throw away your used car. Nobody does that. Most people cant afford new cars and depend on used cars. Plus you didnt even talk about emissions.
Aravind (1 day ago)
That baby is so lovely😍😍
TechPunk (1 day ago)
Wait, when did you get my keys?
Ergo Gray (1 day ago)
So...according to Adam we should be happy with the status quo?
Psy Destroyer (1 day ago)
How much did the government pay you guys?
Hashtagclone (1 day ago)
The Guardian, sep. 23, 2010
Marcus S tar (1 day ago)
elon musk is evil.
Geoff Parnell (2 days ago)
I love these skits but I think it's irresponsible to downplay the lynchpin concept: Adam is saying "Don't abandon your CURRENT HYBRID for a NEW EV." He is not saying "Don't buy an EV when your CURRENT GAS AUTO needs replacement." CH should have gone way further to emphasize this but instead it's going to be misconstrued as "EV's can actually be worse!" which is both short-sighted and blatantly false.
陈侃 (2 days ago)
Doubted about this video. First of all, electricity comes form all kinds of sources, which is far more flexiable than using patrol only. Secondly, apart from the renewable energy like the wind and water, a coal power plant is far more efficient and produce far less pollution than the tiny engine you have on your traditional cars. What's more, all the metal that uses on a E car can be recycle like the battery. So the final solution is how to find a way to generate electricity in a clean way, E car are definitely the future.
CrunchyApple (2 days ago)
They look like earthbound figures. And Adam looks like Jeff.
CurtAltDel (2 days ago)
We r screwed
Sturgeon (3 days ago)
One word: LFTR
Anthony's Au (3 days ago)
I mean part of the problem is mass consumerism and too much consumption also boogie woogie woogie
Jim Fourniadis (3 days ago)
This is horseshit. Charging stations can use extra energy that the grid manufactured to keep from blacking out. Plus electricity is far more efficient than gasoline. There are many ways electric cars out perform gas vehicles. But the crux of this argument is that power plants are worse polluters than combustion engines. That is not a problem with electric cars, it is a problem with power plants. If youy charge your car at home with solar panels Adam's argument falls to pieces. He is funny though.
Mathias (4 days ago)
that's why you buy green energy LUL
Kevin Spiegelman (4 days ago)
The Tesla Gigafactory is 100% run on renewable energy sources, this guy is a joke
SmashLiXs (4 days ago)
this has so many dislikes
Bfg Bender (4 days ago)
Yeah but what if I plan to install solar panels on my roof to charge my car? and how's changing your oil?
thebluebearb (4 days ago)
im a passifist - that means im gonna pass my fist through your ....... hello ? , i need another wind over here
1905934 (4 days ago)
Gas cars use more electricity per mile than an electric car uses.... no one takes the electricity used to refine oil into gas... the oil is heated with electricity.. use less electricity and drive an electric car... BTW check out the source of electricity for the refineries..?
Chris Entwistle (5 days ago)
This video is a great wake up call. No one ever wants to think about what it takes to make all the eco friendly stuff. Most items, solar panels included, end up taking a long time to just pay for themselves. Usually before they're even able to "pay for themselves" in terms of carbon footprint and monetary value, they've lost their warranty and broken down. The only people who benefit from selling eco friendly products are the person who sells it. Not the earth and not the consumer.
Jon Marasigan (5 days ago)
I hope one day they make an Adam ruins Adam Ruins Everything
Ben Gelber (5 days ago)
The dislikes on this vid are an explanation in themselves: Everyday people want to help the environment, but look, Adam, we're not going to devote time to rallying outside coal plants demanding clean energy. That's why we use the market to signify our care for environmental issues. Your argument would be more convincing if you'd focused on criticizing on the technology-as-savior aspect, which I agree with, instead of coming off for most of the video like an environmental skeptic
elin Saldivar (5 days ago)
did emily leave collegehumor?
ECO east (6 days ago)
So the problem is not electric cars, but our energy system and our American consumerism.
ScytheNid Media (6 days ago)
The benefit of electric cars depend on what powers your electric grid. If you live in an area that uses nuclear, wind, or solar you are decreasing your carbon footprint but if you are in a place that uses coal you are actually increasing your footprint. Before buying an electric car or hybrid it is best to find out what your power grid uses first. Rule of thumb: if your grid uses coal, don't switch. Coal is worse than gasoline for carbon emissions
Michal Michalik (6 days ago)
do a proper research before using false data paid for the gas industry. also look up how buying an ev changes peoples thinking about green energy. i moved from EDF (left them with a complaint) to 100% renewable and so i did with my business. all that mainly cos i didnt want to charge my car with nuke. And im far from being the only one. Also look up how the petrol gets into your tank... this is the last of your videos I watched. fed up by cheap false claims.
Raging Bull (6 days ago)
My dad's truck used way too much gasoline (15 L for 100 KM) It was bad! he bought a 2015 Subaru Impreza, this is the first car he or my family has every bought! Not only does it save more fuel, it is always AWD, people usually relate AWD to wasting fuel but this car actually gets a better millage than a Prius. Prius' usually online use their electric motors under 40 KM/H even thought that is good. Most people also do a lot of highway driving, where the Prius still uses a normal Gasoline engine. The lowest our SUbaru got was 7.9 L per 100 KM.
Dave Shards (7 days ago)
Guys, even clean coal isn't as clean as solar, wind, and hydro electric. Just stop.
sup sate (7 days ago)
We should have more electric air and water plants to make sure the green car actually green... .
Muffin God (7 days ago)
Some countries only use Solar-, Wind- and Waterenergy.
Newell 01 (7 days ago)
Tesla is shit. Don't buy one
Alex Kudimov (7 days ago)
If this series continues companies will sue adam
Jason Magik (8 days ago)
Electricity disturbs Humans and our planet more than gasoline.
Aaron Bond (8 days ago)
Anyone linked this to Trumps Twitter account?
EpicFishFingers (8 days ago)
Loads of comments saying the video is flawed and inaccurate but not one explaining why
Hamza Mahmood (9 days ago)
The problem is coal, not Elon Musk
Mohamad Rahmat (9 days ago)
where r u Adam?
Samir Duarte (9 days ago)
Just got to know Adam on What's The Tee and loved the channel! !
Ryan Burch (10 days ago)
Tesla's factory new factory is solar
actinggirl124 (10 days ago)
Well you know in Canada we mainly use hydro power. Where I live in southern manitoba we actually use wind power.
Andrew Yorke (10 days ago)
That pacifist statement is just too awesome
alexander thyrrestrup (10 days ago)
That is properly the single stupidest video you have made so fare. The problem is not the car it is you in the US who pretty much only produce electricity from coal, in Denmark we produce over 50% of our electricity from windmills and import a lot of electricity from Norway produced by hydropower. But why should you care global worming doesn’t exist right!
Karen S (10 days ago)
its all a scam like global warming or climate change bs. Something is happening in our solar system, nothing to do with our polluting industries but pollution is also bad for us.
will tab (10 days ago)
вот у пиндосов бомбануло. сломали шаблон деткам. dont eat meat, support obama, buy new iphone every year and belive in tesla. thats all you need to do . and you a perfect pig at farm ha-ha. use your mind idiots
funkyman909 (10 days ago)
I live in BC we use 100% hydro!
Linor Legene (11 days ago)
i bike all teh tiiem bruh im da best hooman on the planet
Spencer Burja (11 days ago)
This argument does have a lot of valid points, however. I think purchasing an electric car today, is a step towards everyone making the switch. Raising awareness is one of the first steps. I think it is important that we realize that we are just trading one carbon emission source for another at this point, but we are taking steps to rectify that, and awareness will only speed the process. I think that's the perspective that we as people need to maintain.
Alysuis (11 days ago)
what is this true "tv" you speak of?
A Sweadish Dragon (11 days ago)
Adam, the tesla power wall gets energy from the sun and the energy grid is now taking solar energy idiot
olive _ xxl (11 days ago)
After watching this whole series i have to say that america is a huge fucking joke.
gralf ttacell (12 days ago)
Yeah, I don't like this video, I like all the others but this one doesn't really have a good purpose. Solar power price per performance is reducing by half every 18 months. Its perfectly conceivable that the entire country will be off the grid in the future. We can be smart arses and say.. gone ride a bike, instead.. but thats not going to happen is it. So long term what is better? A zero emission vehicle with the potential to be powered by the sun.. or these shitty 21st century, barbaric, utterly inefficient hunks of shit powered by petrol. Adam your video doesnt help the transition happen any quicker.
John Lara (12 days ago)
Electric cars aren't green, there yellow! Everyone knows that!
Marthin Lukas (12 days ago)
This is truth :D no bias :)
Nash the mini legend (13 days ago)
let's just face it, Adam is advertising ice cars and oil
Nash the mini legend (13 days ago)
Adam is clutching at straws here. His whole arguement is based of the fact that people don't get the most out of their car and get the energy from non renewable fuels. Electric Cars are better for the planet.
jesse diaz (13 days ago)
Adam said in a very subtle way if your power comes from coal which in California most of power comes from solar. I've noticed that to make his point some facts are left out or just barely mentions so he can up hold his argument. But it is true new car production does cause more pollution.
Roni Das (13 days ago)
These infos are on so many levels Wrong, yet touches the core problem. simple math suggests, a) making of electric cars require same (even less) amount of materials than regular cars. b) if all cars are electric, power plant will need to produce more electricity, simply means instead of burning fuel on the road we will burn fuel in a factory. And output of factory must equal to energy required by electric devices. it's simply transformation of energy, Not adding carbon emissions in the air. Well, the core problem is using a power plant to produce electricity. And buying new electric devices or a diesel cars do not solve this problem. However, not Doing anything and waiting for the new energy method to come along is just being ignorant. At one point we have to make that 'energy transformation' switch, why not today then? Heck, we need invest heavily in solar and other methods of free energy research, instead just looking the other way. I hope this video was meant to be humorous like the others from college humor, otherwise we are in deep sh**.
Roni Das (13 days ago)
These infos are on so many levels Wrong, yet touches the core problem. simple math suggests, a) making of electric cars require same (even less) amount of materials than regular cars. b) if all cars are electric, power plant will need to produce more electricity, simply means instead of burning fuel on the road we will burn fuel in a factory. And output of factory must equal to energy required by electric devices. it's simply transformation of energy, Not adding carbon emissions in the air. Well, the core problem is using a power plant to produce electricity. And buying new electric devices or a diesel cars do not solve this problem. However, not Doing anything and waiting for the new energy method to come along is just being ignorant. At one point we have to make that 'energy transformation' switch, why not today then? Heck, we need invest heavily in solar and other methods of free energy research, instead just looking the other way. I hope this video was meant to be humorous like the others from college humor, otherwise we are in deep sh**.
Ted Liphardt (13 days ago)
No it doesn't, all of Tesla's car charging stations are now powered by solar, sorry
Rui Ferreira (13 days ago)
Please tell this a troll vid. Cause I always wanted an Electric car to be more green. But apparently in this video it's the worst thing I can do, can anyone defunct this?
Ethan Homer (13 days ago)
The greenies really got triggered by this one
Purple Not Shep (13 days ago)
Why not Solar Power?
A agil (13 days ago)
I feel like this was sponsered
MarxistJediist (13 days ago)
Oh come on! Walking increases your carbon footprint? You can't just drop that in unexplained. Still, he has a point. Yes, newer technology will hopefully spew less pollution, but there are other ways to cut it as well (using things built to last, or at least repairable, over disposable stuff, for one).
Keon R. (14 days ago)
LONG LIVE THE V8!
ANONYMOUSE (14 days ago)
Pff now i want a replica of a tetsla. hope this isn't sponsored
FluFFyBuns_Pasquel (14 days ago)
CARBON FOOTPRINT because you walk and breath out carbon..... anyone?...
uski12 (14 days ago)
*Face Palm* There's something called a 'Solar panel' Have you been living under a rock?
The Grand Tour (14 days ago)
what bout solar
Hà Phương Nguyễn (14 days ago)
idk but there are Mackenzie Zales and Trisha in The Most Popular Girls In School lolc
Lord Kaden (14 days ago)
why so many dislikes?
Galaxy Girl (15 days ago)
Since Cholloge Humor and Tru tv post episodes of Adam Ruins Everything I count how many episodes of Adam Ruins Everything and there are..... 126 episodes this will be the perfect time to end my life bye 👋
lunatic gamerultimate (15 days ago)
sucks cause i got a monster truck lambo gtr ferrari and custom 2,000,000 dollar racecar in my dads mansion
Juventas Telsinskas (15 days ago)
Whole lot of BS from this idiot
Finn Sullivan (15 days ago)
Do a video about the truth of Benedict Arnold
Bob Joe (15 days ago)
All the dislikes are the butthurt people who think that's electric cars are better
Jordan Phat (15 days ago)
You can use time travel all you need to do is say I will time travel here right nooowwww...... I'm here with me
reazorgb (16 days ago)
This is the first step to not gona solve everything, BUT if u stay with the normal car -> nothing going to change
Michael Efraimidis (16 days ago)
People in this video calling it bullshit while providing little to no evidence for their ideas,which might be true but have a shitty arguing,the usual youtube level of arguing.
Sami Doustdar (16 days ago)
Adam ruins Adam ruins everything
Prism flask (16 days ago)
Nuclear power?...
Joseph Anderson (16 days ago)
Fully solar powered vehicles are the future. Look up Team PrISUm. Our next car is a four seat hatchback that's racing across Australia this Fall.
KJ Setser (16 days ago)
Omg XD
Dennis Martin (16 days ago)
Adam is doing a lot of damage to the Earth by hurting the reputation of companies like Tesla. Why doesn't Adam talk about what would happen if people keep using internal combustion vehicles and stop accepting money to make videos from Ford? Really, Adam has a few good points, but by making people think that electric cars are all awful, he's doing the dirty work of 100 trucks. Before you take some pot shots at Tesla, Adam, consider this. In Canada a lot of our electricity is renewable, so charging a Tesla does no real damage. You also don't factor in that many of Teslas Superchargers are powered by on-site solar. Adam is definitely trying to do the right thing by presenting the other side of the electric argument, but by needlessly attacking a valuable company like Tesla, he really hurts our planet.
Spokoman (16 days ago)
Wow, lost a bit of respect for Adam. You should read up on non-coal power plants. Anyway, there's a lot of good comments here explaining how this video is wrong, so I'll leave it at that.
Gilbert Osborne (16 days ago)
I may be wrong, but from what I understand, since there isn't an efficient way to store electricity, over night a lot of electricity goes unused and wasted. And most charging that goes on for electric cars happen during the lvl periods because its also cheaper for the owner to charger during those time. So isn't most of the energy going int electric cars just energy that would have gone unused and wasted anyway. Thus not increase the CO2 output of the plants. And the using your car until its dead thing, as long as you aren't selling your car to the scrap yard and instead selling it to someone who can has died, that shouldn't be any increase either. But again, that's just how I understad it. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Ben R (17 days ago)
he he pass-a-fist lel
Kesateria Matahari (17 days ago)
You can't have carbon monoxide poisoning if you have an electric car. That's why I still prefer normal car.
PingPongMasterz (17 days ago)
Sorry but sourcing slate makes me doubt this video's authenticity
Seth Dowell (17 days ago)
He should have gone over the battery manufacturing, that's some twisted stuff. and tfw 16,034 dislikes? You can tell the E-Car companies called in some contacts.
Mike Sico (17 days ago)
Went from a trustworthy source to an untrustworthy source in 1 video. You seem to usually be very knowledgeable about the topic you talk about. Now that it is something I actually look into I can see you tilt the weights in your favor of clicks.
Mike Sico (17 days ago)
This isn't any secrete information you are giving. This is the point of the Tesla super charger 2.0. It will have a solar roof. Also 14.8% of the U.S's power is renewable and 20% is nuclear. So dependent on your arguments we are 14.8%-24,8% clean energy. Not to mention cars don't run on gas from the gorund. nope they run on fuel or refined gas. Which takes electricity, actually 1 gallon of gas is more electricity than an EV will use for the avg amount of distance a gallon gets a regular car. I do understand the point here, but this is actually bad information. If you tell everyone "Don't buy electric now it is fully clean yet" then less people will buy and less money will go into the clean electric ecosystem. Also the "you are buying a new car so it creates 50% of the greenhouse gasses" is a dead argument. Yes it is true, what is also true is everyone buys new cars already so it would make no difference. In fact it will leave more newer cars on the used cars market and allow people to have more modern fuel efficient cars.