By Julianna LeMieux
A new economic claim from the American Lung Association of California regarding Zero Emission Vehicles and their potential health benefits has us all living in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
But, their statement goes way beyond,"You get a car, you get a car, you get a car!" Their analysis postulates that a big push in the usage of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) will allow Americans to save billions of dollars in health costs each year, along with thousands of lives. Unfortunately, that's a promise not even Oprah could make happen.
A Zero Emission Vehicle is a vehicle that directly produces no harmful emissions - some don't even have a tailpipe. There are currently two categories of zero emission vehicles: 1) battery powered electric cars that recharge when plugged in and 2) hydrogen fuel cell models that are powered by a chemical reaction. This latter category is not only very rare, but, it is hotly contested whether these ZEVs are better for the environment than the cars that we drive now. They have to convert a hydrocarbon fuel (natural gas or gasoline) into hydrogen - which uses substantial energy and emits greenhouse gases.......To Read More......