As a typical American driver considers trading in a gas-powered auto for an electric vehicle and starts doing some research, they’re going to come across a number of myths and misinformation. In some instances, it’s mere misunderstanding of new technologies and energy systems. But in many cases, this is deliberate deception coordinated and underwritten by the oil and gasoline interests that stand to lose the most if and when electric cars pick up considerable market share.
One of the most common categories of EV mythmaking is to attack them for the very reasons many consumers are considering them in the first place—their inherent environmental benefits. In this first series of EV mythbusters, we’ll review the five ways that electric cars are attacked on environmental grounds, finding the roots of the deception, then debunking each thoroughly with substantiated science and data. Continue reading “Electric Car Mythbusting: Even With a “Long Tailpipe” of Emissions, EVs Are Cleaner”
A coalition of conservative groups, many with close ties to the Koch brothers, are calling for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to strip California of its right to set stricter greenhouse gas limits for personal vehicles.
Not satisfied with Pruitt’s decision to rewrite the Obama-era emissions standards — which had been written cooperatively with the automakers, state of California, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and EPA — the American Consumer Institute (ACI) organized a letter to Pruitt calling “for the revocation of California’s waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to decouple from federal policy and impose strict emission standards on automobiles.” Continue reading “Koch vs. California: These Groups Are Pushing Pruitt to Undo the State’s Right to Regulate Auto Emissions”
Until February, Christine Harbin spent most of this decade combating clean energy initiatives at the state and federal level for Koch-funded organizations ALEC and Americans for Prosperity. She is now a senior adviser for external affairs in DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Continue reading “Another Renewable Energy Bashing Koch Network Alum Joins Department of Energy”
Emails sent and received by Travis Fisher, an outgoing senior Trump administration official at the Department of Energy, shed light on a murky anti-clean energy network with ties to the fossil fuel industry that operates in the Midwest and nationally. Continue reading “Trump Adviser’s Emails Shed Light on Koch-Tied Clean Energy Attacks”