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Efforts to make cars more environmentally friendly could have negative effects on the planet, prompting researchers to study the possible unintended consequences.
The numerous questions -- such as the materials required to make more fuel-efficient vehicles, how they can be recycled, and how will consumers respond to higher priced vehicles -- have prompted the Rochester Institute of Technology to start a five-year study.
Originally posted by Cug
Lets take electric car for example. Our electrical grid in some cases can't hold up to summertime air conditioner use. Can you imagine what the load would be if we added thousands of electric cars into the mix?
They are wrong, all that happens is the point of pollution changes from the individual car to some powerplant (coal in many places) that has less strict rules for pollution, or sweetheart deals form the Gov that gives them "credits" for some green thing they do and allows them to not meet environmental rules. Not to mention the nasty stuff that is inside the batteries that have to be replaced every 5 years or so.
These types of issues pop up with any green technology that people want to replace fossil fuels with. What needs to be done is not to have one replacement for oil we need 20 or 40 replacements that are all equally available. By spreading out the demand to many different things the total effect on our environment will be lessened.