APRIL 2019: ELECTRIC CARS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Greg Laden and Philip Adam

Greg Laden and Philip Adam

Two climate change activists at our April 2019 chapter meeting promoted electric cars as a key weapon in the fight against climate change. They said that transportation produces by far the biggest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota.

Speakers were Philip Adam, an engineer and renewable energy and electric car enthusiast; and Greg Laden, a biological anthropologist, writer, and occasional political adviser.

They said windmills and solar energy could help move Minnesotans away from gas-powered vehicles, without requiring any new electric power plants. They noted that oil in Minnesota is getting dirtier and that money spent on electricity is like "buying local" since a big percentage of spending on gas leaves the state.