How the issues are structured is important for their credibility. A nonprofit in the southern United States is helping make the EV transition in the region not only convincing, but also part of a special and engaging regional mindset.
This is a coalition that is pushing the southern United States to switch to EV. Southern Electrification, a program of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), uses research, advocacy and advocacy to promote renewable energy and accelerate the adoption of fair electric vehicles in the Southeast.
Building a home transition as a patriot
The definition of being a US patriot in 2022 is complex and different! rah! Description of Cold War America. Today, the United States is a divided nation, and much of the southern United States resolutely identifies itself as a heterosexual, Christian, and Republican with strong capitalist, militaristic, and nationalist values. How does the EV transition fit into this paradigm?
The decision to buy more EVs than cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE) has environmental and geopolitical consequences. Factors predicting concerns about car choices focus mainly on the performance and range of EVs, the prevalence of EVs in general, and beliefs about what different types of car owners and owners value.
Global value chains are in the process of localization and personal interests as politicians try to support their stakeholders and agendas. The Hinrich Foundation calls this business situation a manifestation of techno-nationalism in the 21st century. It is a kind of “neo-mercantilist thinking” that links technological capabilities to national security, economic prosperity and socio-political stability.
An extension of this mentality is to make the EV transition a patriotic necessity to protect the integrity of the United States. An editorial in the Electrify the South blog by program manager Dory Larsen claimed that electrifying transportation was an American-oriented solution. That is, “Americans must adopt electric vehicles to liberate ourselves from gasoline dictators, increase national security, reduce fuel costs for consumers, address the climate crisis, and end dangerous offshore drilling,” Larsen said. “Our transport systems can run on clean, renewable, local energy.”
Rejecting Big Oil’s call for more drilling as a result of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Larsen describes how energy security can be achieved through a decisive shift to clean energy-powered electric vehicles, rather than more drilling. In this patriotic context, the transition to housing will protect US consumers. It will create jobs. Yes, it will stabilize the climate.
Larsen uses Florida as a material example. Electric cars in Florida emit more than 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions each year than gasoline-powered cars, including lifetime emissions. Why? In part, this is because EVs save significantly more energy than ICE cars. Larsen explains that the fuel efficiency is more than 100 MPGe for most electric cars, which is 25.7 miles per gallon for a gas car. The reduction in these emissions is improving every year, and the energy we use can be obtained from clean energy within the country within a decade.
Reminding the audience that “America relies on globalization,” Larsen believes that fossil fuel drilling continues to result in dependence and sensitivity instead of power and autonomy. “The only real solution is a fast and urgent transition to clean energy and clean transport.”
Electric cars – In memory of children
When we demonstrate that a policy or program is good for children, it becomes difficult to stop even the most angry jealousies.
For many, encouraging the electrification of school buses is more about reducing greenhouse gas emissions than helping children. Electric school buses can reduce asthma and respiratory illnesses, and increase attendance and test scores. About 20 million children in the United States take a diesel school bus every day. The internal air pollution of diesel buses is 12 times higher than the environmental level.
Electric buses do not leave any pollution to the exhaust pipe, eliminating asthma attacks, respiratory diseases and cancer-related exhaust fumes.
Thus, Clean Energy Works, in partnership with the Electric School Bus Alliance and WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative, held a webinar on electric school bus infrastructure. It described how school districts and power plants could be effective partners in the selection and installation of chargers, infrastructure improvements and interconnection agreements. The discussion covered options such as controlled charging and car-to-network technologies.
Funded by the Bilateral Infrastructure Act, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program allocates $ 5 billion over the next five years (fiscal year 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission models. EPA is offering $ 500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Discounts for zero-emission and low-emission school bus discounts as the first funding opportunity.
Figures Understand the Success Story of the South House
SACE and its partner, Atlas Public Policy, highlighted key year-end data from their annual report, Electrification of Transport in the Southeast. The goal was to achieve regional and state-specific growth in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Some of the resulting figures were “obviously astonishing.”
Southeast closed 2021 ahead of the rest of the country in terms of investment and jobs in electric vehicle, truck and bus production, accounting for 18% of the country’s population, but 43% of investments in announced housing and 33 of jobs announced. % -i. In the previous six-month increase, the region added 15,784 jobs and provided $ 12.1 billion in new investment – Rivian chose Georgia, Toyota chose North Carolina, and Ford expanded to Tennessee to sweeten the scenario.
Noting the South Road, SACE noted that these works and investments are in the EV supply chain, including mineral extraction, battery production, EV charging station production, electronics assembly, software development and vehicle manufacturing. SACE confirmed that companies are moving to our region and expanding.business political environmentlarge coastal and inland ports, low-cost electricity and water utility tariffs and non-union labor”(Emphasis added).
The nonprofit supports the rapid decarbonization of transportation systems, as the transportation sector is currently the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. To accelerate decarbonization, they train and empower individuals, communities, municipalities, politicians, and utilities to switch to clean, electric transportation in the Southeast.
They say electrifying the transport sector with renewable energy and increasing vehicle efficiency will also strengthen the economy, save consumers money, reduce dependence on oil and the dangers of offshore drilling.
Electrify the South is also making small and large efforts to smooth the EV transition. For example, the May newsletter included citizens from 14 different Southeast coastal communities joining 40 other groups across the country for Hands Across the Sands events. This is a chance for people to express their commitment to clean energy and electric vehicles, not to risky offshore drilling. Refraining from drilling and emphasizing the need to accelerate the transition to clean energy and electricity at the national, national and global levels are key to creating Southeast support for EVs.
In addition, their Electric Transport Toolkit helps decision makers identify cost-effective, sustainable, and equitable solutions and successful strategies to accelerate electricity transmission. The toolkit guides the best practices of local government EV policies and activities from all over the country with links to real-world examples.
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