With today’s constant discussions surrounding climate change, everyone from politicians to companies are reaching for an easy win — catchy sound bites with short sighted solutions.

The latest examples were recent announcements by Volvo and the government of France, both committing to the sole production and use of electric vehicles by 2019 and 2040, respectively. While these promises sound nice and seem sound, they ignore the realities of science and make for bad public policy.

The simple facts are that electric vehicles are expensive for most customers and aren’t necessarily better for the environment, according to empirical evidence.

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