ON-Lion Letter

Electric vehicles actually create more pollution than their gasoline-burning counterparts, according to a June working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Mass.

"[R]ather than simply accepting the assertion of environment benefits from electric vehicle use, we conduct a rigorous comparison of the environmental consequences of gasoline and electric vehicles," write the paper's four authors.

On average, they find, electric cars generate more pollution than gas-fueled ones, though there is "considerable variation" over different geographic areas.

The study was recently covered in National Review by Jillian Kay Melchior, a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum (IWF).

"The scientific evidence continues" to show, according to Melchior, "that subsidies for electric vehicles aren't yielding the major environmental gains they'd promised.  Smart policymakers would pull the plug."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NBER, the Franklin Center's Rhodes Fellowship, and IWF.

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