The Case for Electrifying Personal Transport
In his talk, lifelong environmental advocate Paul Scott will discuss the need for electric vehicles, as well as the external costs of oil as a transportation fuel; environmental degradation, health effects of oil, military expenditures, and economic costs. Whenever there are news stories about electric cars, none of those things are discussed, yet no true comparison of internal commbustion vs. electric vehicles can take place without the leveling of the playing field that happens when you internalize these costs.
Scott co-founded Plug In America in 2005 to galvanize support and advocate for the manufacture of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids that reduce America's dependence on petroleum, boost America's economy, and improve the global environment. Paul helped create DontCrush.com, Plug In America's predecessor, a grassroots group that single-handedly prevented some 1,000 production EVs from being destroyed by the auto companies that manufactured them. His work with both groups has included campaign strategy, research, planning and execution. He is among the key figures featured in the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? and consulted for the follow up, Revenge of the Electric Car.
Before Paul's recent retirement, he worked for Nissan as an EV specialist selling the new Leaf EV. He also worked as an independent consultant for SolarCity, the nation's leading clean energy company. Paul owned a 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV for eight years, which he drove on sunshine generated by the photovoltaic panels on his home. He now owns a 2012 Nissan Leaf and a Zero electric motorcycle. Scott also is former president of the Electric Vehicle Assn. of Southern California.
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