08/25/2019

Colorado Wants You To Save The Planet By Buying An Electric Car

Stopping climate change, warned the world’s top climate scientists last year, will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” One of those aspects is transportation, and the necessary change, while far-reaching and unprecedented, is also pretty straightforward: Everything has to be electrified.

The transportation sector is the world’s second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, releasing more than seven billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere through the tailpipes of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles every year. In the long run, the only way to achieve the drastic emissions cuts that scientists say are necessary is to replace gas-guzzling cars, trucks and buses — and eventually, even trains, ships and aircraft — with battery-powered, zero-emission electric vehicles.

That presents a massive technological and cultural challenge, but the world has little other choice — and here in Colorado, lawmakers and state officials are beginning to put in place a variety of policies to help accelerate the transition to EVs.

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