30 Jul '13, 11pm

Letters to the Editor: Responses to “Unclean at Any Speed”

Letters to the Editor: Responses to “Unclean at Any Speed”

Beginning with the very title of his July article, “Unclean at Any Speed,” Ozzie Zehner condemns electric cars by claiming they don’t benefit the environment. What’s remarkable is that en route to his goal he condemns just about everything that presents a potential pathway to a cleaner future, including wind and solar (due to their “venomous side effects”). At the end of his article he concludes that environmentally minded people should focus on “less sexy but potent options” particularly “smog reduction, bike lanes, energy taxes, and land-use changes to start.” Many of us studying the opportunities for greening the transportation sector largely agree with that conclusion. Unfortunately, it is just part of the solution. The author brushes aside the bulk of our transportation needs; he seems not to acknowledge that we have to continue moving people and goods to sustain our ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/advanced-cars/letters...

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