December 15, 2014

Switching to vehicles powered by electricity from renewables could save lives

Use of corn ethanol or electricity from coal worse than gasoline for public health

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.