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When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay

When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay

Carla Santos Skandier

General Electric doubled down on coal. Now, 12,000 workers are paying the price.

"Their decision to “right-size” usually comes as last minute massive lay-offs, without giving workers a chance to plan ahead." (Photo: Apollo Beach power plant in Apollo Beach, FL./ Wikimedia Commons)

Among the best reasons to justify fleet conversion to EVs are their ability to serve as back-up household power supply in emergency grid failure, their suitable match to rooftop solar energy storage, this combined compatibility with regional utility grids, their means to more closely monitor and reduce household energy consumption, the choice they offer to use energy for household or for driving, whereby more trips become possible without having to drive, and alternate travel modes (mass transit, walking, bicycling) receive due investment. That’s 7 major reasons to convert to EVs that get the least consideration.

Meanwhile, self-driving car technology will 1) will not be safe, 2) will not reduce traffic congestion, 3) will not reduce travel-related costs, 4) will not reduce fuel/energy consumption nor, 5) CO2 emission sufficient to deter the impact of catastrophic climate change. This basic list of motor vehicle technology advancement can suffice but could go on at length detailing many important advantages and benefits that dispel the notion of self-driving cars ever becoming reality. I’ll finish with one seemingly contradictory point: Plug-in hybrid PHEVs have more potential to reduce fuel/energy consumption and traffic congestion than all-battery BEVs.

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