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Electric cars and hybrids could cut U.S. emissions by 80 percent by 2050: study

Greener cars, whether those using alternative fuels, electric, or hybrids, could reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. After President Obama’s push for gas-free cars in America, adoption of current electric cars on the market and future hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is expected to help cut national greenhouse gas emissions.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5:15 PM

Use of alternative fuels could cut America’s emissions by 80 percent in the next 40 years.
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Use of alternative fuels could cut America’s emissions by 80 percent in the next 40 years.
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Electric cars, hybrids, and other gas-sipping or gas-free cars may help the United States cut its greenhouse emissions from driving by a total of 80 percent by 2050, according to a scientific study released Monday.

That could lead to a more than 10 percent cut in overall US pollution into the atmosphere, with consumer-driven cars and small trucks currently responsible for 17 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, said the study.

Sticker shock could turn off many consumers, with such vehicles costing several thousand dollars more than today’s prices. Still, the long-term benefits would outweigh the early costs, said the report by the National Academy of Sciences


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