Agree to Disagree: DOES YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE HELP THE PLANET?

Agree to Disagree: DOES YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE HELP THE PLANET?

The promise of owning a green vehicle – and doing your part for the planet – is a big part of the lure. But is it warranted?

Tesla vehicle sales are, well … electric. The company posted $5.5 billion in 2021 profits, roughly six times its previous year earnings. Globally, the electric car industry is anything but static, soaring to 7 million units in 2021. EV advocates argue that while the technology and resources aren’t perfect, they are ultimately better for the environment long term as the tech improves. Opponents say the kinds of infrastructure EVs require still require huge investments that would be better suited for more ecologically-friendly mass transit systems. So, does your electric vehicle help the planet?


For the motion: Britta Gross, managing director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon Free Mobility Global Program, focused on the market-driven strategies, technologies, and policies required to accelerate towards carbon-free mobility solutions.
Against the motion: Jonathan Lesser, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. As president of Continental Economics, Lesser has more than 30 years of experience working for regulated utilities, for government, and as a consultant in the energy industry.

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