Battery Flattery

The Story

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Senator Chuck Schumer wants to phase out gas-powered vehicles and transition quickly toward cars and trucks that run on electricity. His proposal would offer large subsidies to the electric-vehicle industry and spend hundreds of billions of dollars to roll out battery-charging stations accessible to every American. Schumer’s goal is to eliminate the internal-combustion engine in the next 20 years–but when one examines the details, the senator’s plan runs out of gas.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Generation: The electricity that powers “green” vehicles is largely generated by burning fossil fuels. Read more.

  2. Not so clean: Building batteries is so carbon-intensive that it would take years of driving “clean” vehicles to offset the emissions cost of making them. Read more.

  3. Dig deep: Producing enough batteries to power all cars would require a massive expansion in mining to extract the minerals needed to fabricate them. Read more.

“A 100x growth in the number of electric vehicles to 400 million on the world’s roads by 2040 would displace 5% of global oil demand.”

Mark Mills, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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