National Review Online picks up on a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research concluding that some electric vehicles cause more pollution than their gas-burning counterparts. The study looked at the fuel used to produce the electricity, and concluded that in the northeast and midwest, which rely heavily on coal for generation of electricity, those gas guzzlers are cleaner than electric cars.
Out West, where natural gas is king, the electricity is cleaner and so (relatively speaking) are the cars that use it.
Writes NRO’s Jillian Melchior:
The new report syncs nicely with an earlier one by the Congressional Budget Office, published in 2012. It concluded that though taxpayers will subsidize electrical cars vehicles to the tune of $7.5 billion by 2019, the impact on gas consumption and emissions is basically negligible.