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Climate change: Claim, Counter Claim
May 16: The war on climate change is littered with claims and counter claims of all sorts, each backed with its own set of data. All kinds of lobbies are at work to create an environment of uncertainty around climate change and new technology needed to tackle it.
Here is one counter claim for your consumption:
8Despite claims that Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) will reduce air pollution, broadbased adoption of ZEVs will increase air pollution and associated environmental costs relative to new internal combustion vehicles. Increased reliance on ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same number of new internal combustion vehicles, even after accounting for emissions from petroleum refineries.
8The economic value of CO2 emissions reductions associated with ZEVs is effectively zero, the analysis claims. Although new ZEVs will reduce CO2 emissions compared with new internal combustion vehicles, the overall reduction will be less than 1% of total forecast energy-related CO2 emissions through 2050. That reduction will have no measurable impact on world climate and thus no economic value. Even if, by 2050, all internal combustion vehicles were replaced by ZEVs, the resulting reduction in CO2 emissions would be less than 500 million tons per year.
8Subsidies for ZEVs and the required infrastructure to support them benefit the affluent at the expense of the poor. A disproportionate share of the costs of ZEV subsidy programs will continue to be borne by lower-income consumers, who cannot afford to purchase ZEVs but who bear much of the cost for the supporting infrastructure. Moreover, most lower-income consumers cannot afford to install solar photovoltaics, which proponents claim will allow ZEVs to be charged with emissions-free electricity.
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