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De-CAR-bonizing our Gas-Powered Fleet
Plumer, Popovitch, and Migliozzi’s NYT article of March 10th, Electric Cars are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road, makes an interesting point, that simply selling electric cars won’t get us to carbon-neutral quickly enough. People will keep driving gas-powered cars for a long time, because they can. However, the article has two flaws. First, the authors bury the lead until the very end, a journalistic offense. Economics, and by its application, human behavior are the tools by which gas-powered cars can be removed from the motor pool. Secondly, the authors are looking at the current landscape and making typical recommendations, but are suffering from a lack of vision that this large problem requires. A too quick or incomplete read of the article puts it on the brink of defeatism.