Posted by Curt on 16 December, 2014 at 8:00 pm. 17 comments already!


Fred Lucas:

Electric vehicles – which the Obama administration has made a hefty investment in – are more damaging to the environment than gas-powered vehicles, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study, done by two University of Minnesota engineering professors, asserts that the electric vehicles produce 3.6 times more soot and smog-related deaths than gasoline.

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline,” the study’s co-author Julian Marshall told the Associated Press. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The study also says that electric vehicles are worse at trapping carbon dioxide, which creates a bigger problem for global warming. The issue is that most of the electricity to power these vehicles comes from burning coal.

If the vehicles got their electric power from natural gas, wind or other alternative energy production methods – some of which are favored by the Obama administration – the cars would not be as harmful, the study’s co-author Jason Hill told the AP. More than a third of the nation’s electricity comes from coal, according to the Department of Energy.

Just last month, the White House announced an international corroboration to promote the use of electric vehicles.

While President Barack Obama was in China for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the White House announced it was aligning government regulations and economic incentives with other countries for an Electric Vehicle Interoperability and Research Center by the end of 2015.

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