President Joe Biden has a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper says electric vehicles aren’t zero emission vehicles. “The U.S. Department of Energy says when upstream emissions are properly considered, the average battery electric vehicle is responsible for more than two tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year and the average plug-in hybrid is closer to three tons per year.” Cooper thinks electric vehicles will play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but there are also synergies to connect with electric and ethanol. “Not matter how you slice it, we’ll be using liquid fuel worldwide for a very long time. Why wait until 2035 or 2050 to take meaningful action to lower carbon impacts of liquid fuels?” Cooper was part of the National Ethanol Conference last week.
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