Gruntington Post News (Not Parody This Time) – The National Bureau of Economic Research has released a study that makes it clear for the first time, officially, that the federal $7500 subsidy paid for each electric car sold is an environmental disaster. The report, released yesterday, is somewhat obscure in its analysis and language, but it is significant in that it represents an official admission that electric cars are almost always worse for the environment than gasoline-powered cars. It also calls for the current federal subsidy to be discontinued. These are both things that have motivated electric car critics for years.
One of the conclusions of the study that is partially obscured by the complex ranking system employed, but that deserves emphasis, is that electric cars enjoy “environmental sainthood” only when the power plants generating the electricity are, themselves, “green.” While this is the case in places like Quebec, Canada, where much of the power is generated from clean hydroelectric sources, such is not the case in virtually the entire U.S., where almost all power is generated from coal or oil or natural gas. While the study gives electric cars a dubious bonus for “exporting” these emissions outside of urban areas, it admits that even this is no net gain for the planetary environment. In fact, the overall emissions are worse. So, next time you see a Prius or a Tesla on the road, feel free to call out “Planet Raper!!!” Read additional analysis at the Washington Examiner.