Why Drive Electric
Benefits to All
- Domestic re-investment. Much of our oil used to make gasoline is still imported, as it is a global commodity. Money spent on electricity is not sent out of the country to foreign economies. This means that money instead stays in the domestic or even our local economy, which in turn equates to better local economic prospects for all, and also more local job creation.
- Energy security. Much of the global supply of oil also comes from unstable regions of the world, and/or from nations that our relationship is more adversarial than friendly. Our military must protect the global oil supply routes around the world at a cost to tax payers of billions of dollars annually. In addition to this ongoing security, we must also consider oil-related wars and sabotage or terrorism which remain a threat in part due to oil-related geopolitical issues. Increased EV adoption reduces these threats.
- Human health. Not to be confused with the environmental concerns that affect our planet, this is about public health issues and associated costs which affect us all. Switching to an electric vehicle drastically reduces the pollution and other toxins from the drilling, transport, refining, and burning of petroleum. This is not only a societal concern for the well-being of everyone’s lungs, but also a financial concern as tailpipe and refinery emission related health problems have a hidden economic burden. We should also consider the benefits of reduced noise pollution, as a quietly running EV will make our environment much more peaceful overall.
- Climate Responsibility. As confirmed by peer-reviewed analysis, EVs already reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to Climate Change impacts caused by AGW (Anthropogenic, or man-made Global Warming) by at least 50% (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists), and by at least 70% with New England’s power mix