In a question asked by Professor Goodman about giving people positive news regarding the future of climate and energy, Dan Kammen explained how he is a large proponent of electric vehicles because, if we make our electricity greener, the equivalent mile per gallon goes up. He went on to describe that the exact same electric vehicle being operated in a coal-intensive state such as Wyoming has around 45 miles per gallon, but that same vehicle in California (where there is very green electricity) has 120 miles per gallon. This was very surprising to me, as I did not realize the difference in miles per gallon across states. Kammen also stated another benefit of electric cars was less asthma in children, which is something I never really considered before. He explained that if you drive more electric vehicles, there are (obviously) fewer tailpipe emissions, and this translates to less pollution, especially in cities, which leads to healthier individuals and less asthma (especially among children). The above information was both very informative and very surprising to hear. https://www.labxchange.org/library/pathway/lx-pathway:825945a0-367c-45dc-82b7-3d160c6e6f7a/items/lx-pb:825945a0-367c-45dc-82b7-3d160c6e6f7a:lx_simulation:fa741ca2?source=%2Flibrary%2Fclusters%2Flx-cluster%3AModernPrediction
After doing a bit of research on Gina McCarthy, I found that she had been selected to serve as the first White House National Climate Advisor under President Biden. Although this interview was filmed before her confirmation, I would have loved to ask about how her experience at Harvard would impact this new role: How do you think that your time at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health will impact the decisions you make in the Biden administration?
Hi Luke! The point you mentioned about the differences in miles per gallon amongst states for the same electric vehicle based on energy source really stood out to me, too. One of the biggest talking points for opponents of green energy is that a lot of jobs may be lost in the short-term if there are immediate changes to energy sourcing. However, I think we transition at a responsible rate and ensure that workers within the non-renewable energy sector are provided other opportunities, whether in energy or otherwise, a greener future will be beneficial to us all.
Overall, great post!