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For years there’s been a false narrative perpetuated by special interest groups that electric vehicles actually produce more greenhouse gases than the average internal combustion vehicle. However, a new study shows that this is not true — over the entirety of its life cycle, an EV will release fewer greenhouse gases than a gas-powered car, even if plugged into a grid that’s not producing its electricity from clean sources.
Why his Matters: While the actual manufacturing process of building EVs produces more emissions than a standard combustion engine, enhanced battery recycling could eventually close that gap.
Those opposed to the widespread use of EVs suggest that the vehicles are only as green as our sources of electricity — and electricity generation still relies chiefly on burning fossil fuels. But this study, produced by the nonprofit research group, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), suggests that this argument doesn’t hold true.
As Business Insider explained, during its lifetime, an EV in the US releases about 60% to 68% fewer carbon emissions than a traditional vehicle. Even in China and India — countries that rely heavily on coal-power — electric cars produce between 37% to 45% and 19% to 34% fewer greenhouse gases, respectively.
In any case, Georg Bieker, a researcher at the ICCT, told The Verge: “Combustion engine vehicles of any kind are not able to deliver the greenhouse gas reductions we need to live with climate change. That’s a global finding, therefore we need globally to phase out combustion engine cars.”
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
We sat down with Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) to talk about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or “Hot FERC Summer,” as we like to call it. According to Rep. Casten, though FERC is often thought of as “a sleepy agency that is, frankly, kind of nerdy” — it can be a powerful force to […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new study published by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that the world must cut its coal, oil, and gas production by more than half by 2030 to limit global temperature rise and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The world’s fossil fuel industry currently plans to […]
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