Why Politicians support green projects, clue, it isn’t for the environment

Politicians the world over chuck billions at green projects but it isn’t to save the planet. They think that teh billions are good for the economy, despite it mostly being subsidised or borrowed.

Freakonomics highlights this.

Perhaps not surprisingly, “Government Promotion of the Electric Car: Risk Management or Industrial Policy?” (gated) finds that the economic benefits of the industry are the primary motivator for most governments. From the press release:

Contrary to common belief, many of the world’s most powerful nations promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles primarily for reasons of economic development – notably job creation – not because of their potential to improve the environment through decreased air pollution and oil consumption. 

This is among the main findings of a study by researchers at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental (SPEA) and University of Kansas that analyzed policies related to electric vehicles (EVs) in California, China, the European Union, France, Germany, and the United States – political jurisdictions with significant automotive industries and markets for EVs.

“Billions of dollars are being invested despite doubts that some express about the viability of electricity as a propulsion system,” said John D. Graham, SPEA dean and co-author of the study. “The objective of many of these national and sub-national governments is to establish a significant position – or even dominance – in the global marketplace for these emerging, innovative new technologies.”

 


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  • onelaw4all

    “Contrary to common belief, many of the world’s most powerful nations promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles primarily for reasons of economic development”

    No funcionó.

  • JC

    I don’t buy it.. thats almost a rational explanation.

    More likely the pollies still think the public cares enough about AGW as to want them to do something about it.

    JC

  • Kopua Cowboy

    No kidding…

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