I’ve been reading about automotive clean air regulations for nearly a decade now and I still don’t totally understand whether or not cars are punished too harshly for what they do.
Cars are certainly a very large part of why we’re dealing with the shit that is climate change, but they’re only a piece of all of our environmental pollution. A 2014 EPA report put the transportation sector as responsible for about a quarter of our greenhouse emissions, and offered a variety of proposals for how we could cut down all the exhaust from planes, trains, automobiles, and the like.
Again, I’ve read more papers on all of this than I can recall, and I’ve sat through more electric car presentations than any human should ever have to endure, but I still can’t say with any authority whether or not any of these measures make sense when weighed against proposals to cut pollution from our industrial production or from our electricity production. I wish I could, but I can’t, and that’s why this conversation caught my eye today, while discussing Paris’ plans to rid their city streets of old, dirty cars.