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Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs


Many of the headlines coming out of Detroit this week during the North American International Auto Show will be about electric vehicles — from new electric concept vehicles from Nissan and Infiniti to an emerging partnership between Ford and VW on electric and autonomous vehicles. By all means, environmentalists and others should celebrate progress in bringing more EVs to market. But they should not assume such progress absolves the world from working hard on other fronts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When I speak about energy, I find too many people in my audiences putting far too much hope in the lone measure of phasing out petro-powered cars.


O'Sullivan, Meghan. "If All Vehicles Go Electric, That’s Just Step One." Bloomberg Opinion, January 14, 2019.