26 Aug '13, 5pm

How alternative energy makes for bad public policy

Hmm.. it seems to me that there are a couple huge holes in Mr. DeCicco's analysis: 1) "the CO2 emissions rate of U.S. automobiles is on track to decline by 2.1 percent a year, more than double the rate of reduction in the power sector.... Given the gains in gasoline vehicle efficiency, the climate benefits of electric vehicles will shrink unless more is done to reduce emissions when generating electricity. " First, the presumption is that the efficiency gains in conventional automobiles will ALWAYS outpace that of the electrical grid... but my concern is that the low-hanging fruit has been picked, and further increases in CO2 emission efficiency will be reduced by increased vehicle cost - increasing the lifespan of older vehicles, rendering the "power plants are retired much more slowly than cars are scrapped," part less true. As it is, the average age of the vehicle fleet...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/08/26/how-alternative-ener...

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