In the past few years, car emissions have been a major environmental scapegoat. So much so that car manufacturers are making a push toward hybrid and electric cars rather than traditional combustion engines. However, the environmental issues of electricity consumption are great regardless of the arena in which it is used.
How Electricity Harms the Environment
Electricity itself is not necessarily harmful to the environment. It gives light, powers appliances, and even heats homes. However, the fuel necessary to produce electricity can be incredibly detrimental to the environment, creating a range of effects that continue for years to come. The continued increase in electricity consumption only feeds the problem.
Fuels Used For Electricity
Currently, the largest fuel sources for electricity are coal and natural gas. The burning of coal and natural gas creates an immense amount of carbon dioxide that the environment cannot keep up with. Normally, trees work to transform the carbon dioxide into oxygen, but there are simply not enough trees to do the work.