EVs Are About Environment Justice For POC Or Something

As Tom Nelson likes to say, “this isn’t about climate, is it?” Also “sounds like BS to me”

Electric cars are about environmental justice for Black and Hispanic Americans

The global auto industry has begun a historic shift from gas- and diesel-fueled cars to electric vehicles. President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan seeks to speed up this transition by requesting billions of dollars to modernize the electric grid and build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

Evidence shows that many Americans are eager to transition to EVs and participate in a clean energy economy. In a recent nationally representative consumer survey, 71% of drivers surveyed said they were interested in getting an electric car. But 48% said that lack of access to public charging infrastructure was holding them back, and 43% cited vehicle cost as a disincentive.

My research focuses on ways to make cities more sustainable, healthy and equitable places to live. In my view, making EVs and charging infrastructure accessible to all drivers is crucial for achieving clean transportation and energy justice.

People of color bear disproportionate harms from fossil fuels. For example, Black people in the U.S. are more likely than white people to live near oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

People who live in these neighborhoods experience higher levels of exposure to toxic emissions such as benzene, mercury and sulfuric acid than those who don’t live near these industries. They also have higher rates of heart disease, cancer and asthma.

Contamination from these facilities drives down home prices. Reduced property values make it hard for families to build wealth or sell their homes and move away from toxic pollutants.

I mean, Andrea Marpillero-Colomina is trying, she’s really trying. But, hey, if Liberals want to spend money they cannot afford on an EV, feel free. Practice what you preach.

Electric vehicles have the potential to greatly reduce air pollution from transportation. They also are less expensive to own and operate over time.

New EVs are rapidly reaching price parity with gas-powered cars. A Tesla sedan costs less than a comparable gas-powered BMW. Even when an EV’s sticker price is higher, significant savings on fuel and maintenance over time more than make up the difference.

That last link talks about the 15 year lifespan of a Tesla. People don’t keep cars that long. The average is four years. So the comparison actually favors the BMW. And most people are not buying what are called “top-line” cars, they’re buying Honda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, etc. And you can’t put a big family in an EV like you can a minivan or mid-sized SUV.

Expanded purchase incentives can help to steadily grow the number of EVs on the road. Currently, there are few subsidies available for buying used EVs, and none for people who lease their cars. Creating new financing programs for low- and moderate-income consumers who want to buy EVs can broaden access to clean cars.

A tax break won’t help when the EVs are outside their budget range to start with.

The electric vehicle transition has great potential to benefit Black and Latino communities, which are disproportionately affected by fossil fuel pollution. Carefully targeted incentives and investments can make clean cars accessible for everyone on the road, mitigate the harms caused by gas-powered vehicles and move the U.S. toward achieving energy and climate justice.

This isn’t about climate change, is it?

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8 Responses to “EVs Are About Environment Justice For POC Or Something”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    That last link talks about the 15 year lifespan of a Tesla. People don’t keep cars that long.

    Well, I’ve kept my 2010 F-150 since April of 2010! 170,000 miles! I kind of like not having a vehicle payment. The only reason I bought a new truck in 2010 is that my 2000 F-150, which I’d also had for ten years and 190,000 miles, was only a two-wheel drive, and in Pennsylvania winters in the Poconos, I kind of needed the four-wheel drive.

    Of course, I do radical things like change the oil at specified intervals, so maybe that helps.

  2. JG says:

    I have had my 2011 Chevy Silverado since 2016 when I bought it used. I have kept it in good shape with oil changes and proper maintenance. It has over 200k miles but runs and drives great. There is an issue with long term driving using gas vehicles vs. electric. The issue with electric is that they require long times to charge vs. a few minutes to fill up a tank of gas. The other issue with electric is that people electric cars have to modify their garages to allow for electric charging overnight. Also as electric vehicles increase, which are at 2% today, the electric grid will overload and not handle the increases plus the electric companies will increase electric prices.

  3. STW says:

    The need to be called out on the impact POC trope. Too often the cause and effect get switched and pigmentation is substituted for class.
    The other side of the tracks (down by the refinery, over by the power plant, etc.) didn’t become that because there was a plan to stick it to POC. Down wind from steam locomotive was less desirable than up wind. Those with money moved upwind. Those without money moved on the downwind side of the tracks. So it is with every “polluting” facility. People live near them because it’s cheaper. We’ll eventually see poor people over by the windmills being inversely impacted.
    The exception to the rule are freeways because the came after city land was settled and, even then, cost of the land dictated the route more than the color of the residents. The interstate here runs downwind from the tracks, alongside a couple of refineries, and by an old power plant. Could be the land was cheaper.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Blacks are overrepresented in the poor/impoverished class. William Teach, Mx Dana, Kye, david and the puppy killer will tell you it’s because Blacks are inherently lazy, stupid, violent, uncultured and more, ignoring today’s institutional racism and the past discrimination against Blacks.

      The voter suppression laws being passed by red-state Republicums are intended to disenfranchise as many minority voters as possible.

      • drowningpuppies says:

        Typical Rimjob, dipshit that he is.

        Narcissists weave tall tales to reframe what you’re actually saying as a way to make your opinions look absurd or heinous.

        This is also a popular form of diversion and cognitive distortion that is known as “mind reading.” Toxic people often presume they know what you’re thinking and feeling. They chronically jump to conclusions based on their own triggers rather than stepping back to evaluate the situation mindfully. They act accordingly based on their own delusions and fallacies and make no apologies for the harm they cause as a result. Notorious for putting words in your mouth, they depict you as having an intention or outlandish viewpoint you didn’t possess.

        It’s like this study has read every comment Rimjob, dipshit that he is, has ever made.

        Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    The increasingly dense William Teach types: This isn’t about climate change, is it?

    Well, yes it is! Is the Teach argument that if the Earth wasn’t warming rapidly from our carbon pollution that the Dem/commie/prog/BLM/China/antifa/lib/gay coalition would still be pushing carbon dioxide reduction?

    Interesting speculation.

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