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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

PA advocates say tide is turning for transition to electric vehicles

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024   

Clean air advocates are touting the benefits of electric vehicles in the wake of what they call "disinformation" from the U.S. petroleum industry.

The Environmental Defense Fund's advocacy partner EDF Action and representatives of public health and labor are talking with Pennsylvanians about the advantages of EVs in terms of price, performance and popularity, as well as public health and the environment.

David Kieve, president of EDF Action, said they're trying to arm people with the facts.

"If they're dealt a full set of facts, more and more Pennsylvania drivers will choose to make their next car an electric vehicle," Kieve contended. "It's our job to share those facts with folks, especially because there's so much misleading information out there."

Kieve said the American Petroleum Institute has funded an ad campaign "warning" consumers, without evidence, that the push to convert the U.S. to a "green economy" will force drivers to give up their internal combustion cars. Biden administration officials have called the claim false and misleading.

Kieve noted the cost of owning and operating an EV is decreasing and battery technology is becoming less expensive as well. The range for many EV models has also increased significantly. He added EV manufacturing in the U.S. has outpaced every other world region in recent years.

"More rapidly electrifying the vehicles that we choose to buy will help tremendously in cleaning our air and reducing greenhouse gas emission, which is driving climate change," Kieve argued. "And driving this heat wave we've been experiencing throughout the East Coast."

Edwin Hill, international business development representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said advances in battery technology are driving new sales.

"The batteries in the cars are improving tremendously," Hill emphasized. "They hold much more power, much more energy. And in turn, to charge those to that higher level of energy requires either more time or a higher charging rate."

The U.S. government and auto industry are investing billions of dollars in developing and manufacturing EVs, directly creating almost 200,000 new jobs.

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