Unpopular carpinion: Stop getting so worked up about CO2
There are bigger issues with all cars
I would like to state here that I am not saying that CO2 isn't a problem and that I think it is just overexaggerated as an issue.
Now pollution. It isn't nice. We lose freedoms, we have to spend more money and some die from breathing it. Problem here is that everyone wants to be looked at as 'carbon neutral' and I believe that in the bigger picture that statement isn't very relevant.
Why do I think this?
Because there are far more damaging and harder to control forms of pollution that most don't really pay much attention to or simply turn a blind eye to. Here I am going to explain why I think CO2 emissions from tailpipes really isn't such a big problem.
There are far worse emissions catastrophes in the waiting
Lets start with the tires on your car. They are estimated to be up to or even higher than 1,000 times more polluting than the exhaust(and CO2 isn't the only thing to come out of that). This pollution wouldn't be so bad if the tires fell apart over usage in big chunks we can see and feel but that isn't the case. The particulates from tires are PM2.5 which means they are less than 2.5 micrometres big(0.0025 mm or 0.00025 cm big). You can't see or feel them but they are a huge problem that nobody notices. They contribute to global dimming and get trapped in respiratory systems, cause acid rain and have stopped crops from growing properly. It has killed millions already and is far more damaging than global warming because you don't know about it.
The worst part is that the tire pollution is completely unregulated. The second worst part is that with heavier SUVs and EVs being sold to the million this issue is only going to accelerate from here.
That isn't the only big non-CO2 issue though
See that soot? That is NOx and carbon monoxide right there. What NOx does is trap heat like CO2 but the big difference is that it is 300 times better at doing that than CO2. This is even worse and is also from the exhaust pipe from mainly diesel cars. It can even cause cancer.
Carbon monoxide however is very different. It is the main reason that smog happens and also contributes to global dimming like tires. It also gets in our lungs so people with asthma cannot breathe so well. This also mainly comes from diesel cars which are still widely used by many(mainly poor people in used cars) so when the new cars are no longer diesel we won't be out of the woods yet.
The alternative to petrol is at least as bad-probably worse
With EVs there is the now obvious fact that building an electric car takes up more CO2 than making petrol motors and electricity isn't clean yet either. But there are also some other sources that are hiding in a shadow. As I mentioned earlier EVs are heavier so tire particulates will be higher. but there is also the batteries themselves. They require poor 10 year old boys in the DRC to go into deep mines so that they can get a big boulder of cobalt for electric products. This releases sulphur and more carbon into the air while ruining ecosystems and children's lives.
There are already solutions to get rid of CO2
We can fight CO2 in our own gardens. We have trees, plants and bushes to absorb that CO2. We also have synthetic fuels that are more eco-friendly than EVs because those batteries are redundant at this point. I admit not enough trees are in the ground at the moment but here are some ideas to help solve that:
Make more buildings multi-storey/add more levels where possible so outside can be a bigger field with more grass and trees with the saved surface area
Destroy factories making EVs!
This is something we don't have to knowledge to do with NOx, carbon monoxide or tire particulates so more need to work on those solutions then they can get clever about CO2.
People are using CO2 for personal gain
Lets start with the obvious-Elon Musk. He claims his cars are environmentally friendly when all those issues with EVs outlined above still apply to him. There is also his Bitcoin investment. It is claimed that the $1.5 billion purchase of Bitcoins by Tesla has the equivalent carbon footprint of 1.5 million cars. That is more cars than he has actually made so even if the cars were eco-friendly he isn't and the money to finance it came from this CO2 lie.
All his supposed 'help' has done is contribute to the problem. It is a bit like a police officer committing crime(I won't give names but I'm sure you're aware of some). It is against the whole idea of them but here no loud voices have been heard against Mr Musk unlike those dirty coppers.
There is also governments. They love to tax. They now use CO2 as an excuse to tax. Do you really think that they do it for the environmental benefits? Of course they don't! They are taxing those in petrol cars to give to those in EVs who are worse for the environment.
So why is CO2 seen as such an issue?
It is because it is the most obvious thing to blame. CO2 is the most obvious thing to come out of that exhaust so it is seen as the biggest issue when it isn't that potent compared to other pollution sources. If something isn't obvious then who can criticize it? You can now because you now know.
And that is all I'm going to give for this.
So next time some car company is proud to claim the car is carbon neutral tell them about all of this. CO2 isn't the big issue here- it is simply the most obvious thing to point the finger at.