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Web Date: March 2, 2016

Incentive for electric cars increases CO2 pollution

Fudge factors in fuel economy standards allow carmakers that sell electric vehicles to also sell more gas hogs
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: greenhouse gases, fuel economy standards, electric cars, alternative fuel vehicles, corporate average fuel economy

Politicians around the world are turning to fuel economy standards as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. However, many economists say that, compared to a tax on carbon emissions, such standards are problematic since they don’t discourage driving and have loopholes that result in higher carbon dioxide releases. Indeed, a new study finds that electric car incentives built into the U.S. fuel economy standards will boost CO2 emissions by 30 . . .

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