Electric Vehicles

National Parks Should Cut Emissions By 40%, Group Says

October 14, 2015

Photo via Center for American Progress.
Photo via Center for American Progress.

The National Parks Service can significantly reduce carbon emissions by replacing a fleet of gasoline-powered pickup trucks with electric vehicles (EV), doubling the number of EV charging stations, and expanding its partnership with Clean Cities, according to the Center for American Progress.

In their issue brief, center researchers found that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would reduce its annual carbon emissions by 40 million tons by replacing its gas-powered pickup trucks with EVs.

The issue brief also took a look at the National Park Service’s existing Clean Cities Coalition Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and found that more could be done to reduce carbon emissions.By expanding the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to the Bureau of Land Management, the initiative could help park services reduce carbon emissions on other public lands and forest service lands. 


  1. 1. Fredd T. [ October 15, 2015 @ 09:47AM ]

    Using electricity to power the vehicles will eliminate harmful emissions directly from the vehicles. Now then the question becomes how the electricity is generated. If it's from fossil fuels, or nuclear, I don't want the those emissions in my back yard! Also, if it is from wind turbines what about the kill rate of raptors by the turbine blades, and if hydroelectric, the fish kills and other environmental issues created by damming of rivers. Lastly you don't want to use solar energy due the amount of dangerous and hazardous chemical used in the manufacture of solar panels and the problematic issues of their disposal at the end of their life, Maybe they should continue the use of the existing vehicles, driving them less, and utilizing this resource in a more expedient manner.


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