The demand for electric vehicles

Massachusetts has committed to put 750,000 EV’s on the road by 2030, but is falling way behind. This raises the question: do people want electric vehicles for their own sake, or do they ‘demand’ the clean convenient transportation services an EV can provide? Such a question suggests we could satisfy the demand for clean convenient transportation in a way that doesn’t rely on EV’s. Chapter 5 of the recent IPCC report puts this idea on a good basis, saying that “the potential of demand-side strategies across all sectors to reduce emissions is 40-70%.” This is a big deal, to paraphrase POTUS.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

Showing 2 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Jaymie Maiewski
    commented 2022-04-25 10:55:40 -0400
    Thanks for this important reminder to try to place transportation issues in a non car-centric frame

    The same might be said of nutrition: we do not need protein and vitamins so much as amino acids and to facilitate certain biochemical reactions (with vitamins and minerals). Different sources of these nutrients differ in their ability to provide these and the differences are a material reason why plant based gospel hype is, so to speak, so jejune.

    I noted the offhand and gratuitous remark giving linking meat consumption an negative valance. While the host does take pains to avoid appearing well informed—without total success—I think listeners should be given better information.
  • Edward McIntyre
    published this page in Blog & Podcast 2022-04-10 19:07:51 -0400

Donate Volunteer MCAN in the Media


get updates