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22 May 2022 - 21:58 PM
EV's are I am convinced worse for CO2 emissions - unless most of the electricity is generated through nuclear fission - which is generally opposed by people wanting to lower…
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21 May 2022 - 23:21 PM
It was disappointing that neither party discussed the urban air quality benefits. Take a stroll down any cross street in Manhattan and you will understand instantly How incredible the city…
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20 May 2022 - 20:23 PM
This was disappointing, in that Mr. Lesser advanced disingenuous and outright false arguments in an insulting manner (I don't recall the last tome Donvan had to tell a participant to…
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Sunil Somalwar
20 May 2022 - 15:00 PM
Electrification is being pushed too soon and is helping prolong dirty electricity by raising electric demand. The EV efficiency numbers are rosy because they assume average cleanliness for electricity. But…
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May 20, 2022

Agree to Disagree: Does Your Electric Vehicle Help the Planet?

Tesla vehicle sales are, well … electric. The company posted $5.5 billion in 2021 profits,  roughly six times its previous year earnings. Globally, the electric car industry is anything but static, soaring to 7 million units in 2021. The promise of owning such a green vehicle – and doing your part for the planet – is a big part of the lure. But is it warranted? Devonshire Research Group, an investment firm that values tech companies, examined each stage of environmental impact it takes to produce an electric car. It found that while a Tesla might not belch out exhaust, there are other potentially equally damaging effects wrought along the way. EV advocates argue that while the technology and resources aren’t perfect, they are ultimately better for the environment long term as the tech improves, and are far more realistic in application than mass transit systems, particularly for rural areas. Opponents say the kinds of infrastructure EVs require, such as nation-wide charging stations, still require huge investments that would be better suited for more ecologically-friendly mass transit systems. So, does your electric vehicle help the planet?
We Should Defund the Police
Winner: Yes
Yes: +2.37%
No: -2.37%
Police Unions Do More Harm than Good
Winner: Yes
Yes: +3.94%
No: -3.94%
The Police Have Become too Militarized
Winner: No
Yes: -2.36%
No: +2.36%
Britta Gross
Britta Gross - Managing Director of Carbon Free Mobility Global Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
Britta Gross is managing director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon Free Mobility Global Progra... read bio
Jonathan Lesser
Jonathan Lesser - Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan InstitutePresident, Continental Economics
Jonathan Lesser is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. As president of Continental Economi... read bio