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The Exaggerated Benefits of Electric Cars Streets USA

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The Exaggerated Benefits of Cars

Just how green are vehicles?

Ozzie Zehner, a scholar at UC Berkeley, says it s not as as we generally assume. In an article in Spectrum. the news arm of the Institute for and Electronics Engineers, Zehner that researchers have to some widely divergent

A life cycle analysis by the Academies found that vehicles will impose total environmental costs per than standard gasoline-powered

Industry-funded research tends to a rosy picture of how electric powered by clean fuels, curb carbon emissions, writes. He cites electric research from Stanford University’s Global Energy Project. which has $113 million from General Electric, Schlumberger, and

Once you take into the full life cycle of the and environmental costs in addition to emissions, electric cars a lot less green. Zehner to a life cycle analysis by the Academies that considered the environment costs of electric including the manufacture and disposal of batteries, which found no compared to conventional cars.

In addition, Zehner writes, electric cars to gasoline-powered gives short shrift to strategies to reduce the environmental of transportation and land use, transit and walkable communities, provide additional social

There’s no doubt that and diesel-fueled cars are expensive and Road accidents kill of thousands of people annually in the States alone and injure more. Using these of vehicles as a standard against to judge another technology a remarkably low bar.


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Even if electric cars clear that bar, how they stack up against alternatives?

The federal government offers tax credits up to $7,500  to people who buy an vehicle. And a number of states do you even better; West offers electric vehicle up to $15,000 in tax breaks, the highest in the But tax credits for electric vehicles to be regressive, Zehner says.

The Chevy Volt owner $170,000 annually.

Rather using that money to electric cars, taxpayers get a better environmental bang for buck with interventions transit expansion, more emissions testing policies, and places more walkable and

Angie Schmitt is a newspaper planner/advocate who manages the Streetsblog from glamorous Cleveland, She also writes about issues particular to the industrial at Rustwire.com.

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