I just love sentences like this one from Bloomberg:
The first part of Inslee’s plan focuses on U.S. emissions, pledging to convert the country to 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030, and to mandate that all new buildings, cars and buses emit zero carbon.
Okay, let’s assume that starting in 2020 all cars emit zero carbon. When will the U. S. fleet emit zero carbon?
The answer is all other things being equal 2040 at the earliest. It takes at least 20 years for the U. S. passenger vehicle fleet to turn over.
There really aren’t many ZEVs (zero emission vehicles) sold in the United States. The entire boondoggle sounds like a backdoor subsidy to Tesla to me. I also wonder what the environmental impact of such a massive shift to fuel cells would be—a lot of those ZEVs will inevitably be powered by fuel cells.
I’d also like to see the net effect on emissions that would result from the mandate on buildings. It goes unmentioned in the article but producing cement is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions. Less than transportation or electricity but more than agriculture.