Not only is carbon dioxide physically invisible, when the EPA chooses, it’s also invisible for regulatory purposes.
The EPA is proposing to pretend that there are no CO2 emissions associated with electric vehicles (EVs).
As part of its upcoming proposal for corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE), the agency intends to propose standards that would be projected to achieve, on an average industry fleet wide basis, 163 grams/mile of CO2 in model year 2025. To help automakers meet that standard, the EPA intends to pretend that EV charging produces no CO2 through at least 2021.
But as JunkScience.com has pointed out (See “Detailing the greenwashed Chevy Volt“), cars like the Chevy Volt may actually produce more CO2 from charging than they would from simply running on gasoline.
It will be interesting to see if the enviros whinge about politically correct CO2 — much of which comes from enviro-hated coal-fired power plants.