TESTIMONY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS FOR SOLVING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Electrifying our transportation system will have not impact on climate change but it will make our power systems more fragile, cost taxpayers and rate payers billions of dollars, and increase overall greenhouse gas emissions.
From the study:
The defining inequality in the world today is the enormous gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor. Darkness kills human potential. Electricity nourishes it.
Increased electricity use means higher living standards, always, everywhere. Increased electricity use in developing countries is essential for human flourishing, and in particular, for women and girls.
Electrifying parts of our transportation system may result in incremental reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. But a look at history, as well as an analysis of the supply-chain issues involved in manufacturing EVs, the resource intensity of batteries, and the increasingly fragile state of our electric grid – which is being destabilized by bad policy at the state and national levels – shows that a headlong drive to convert our transportation systems to run on “green” electricity could cost taxpayers untold billions of dollars, increase greenhouse gas emissions, be bad for societal resilience, make the U.S. more dependent on commodity markets dominated by China, make us less able to respond to extreme weather events or attacks on our infrastructure, and impose regressive taxes on low and middle-income Americans in the form of higher electricity prices.