EDITORIAL: How electric cars harm the environment

If you want to hurt the environment, buy an electric car.

That’s not a typo. It’s the counterintuitive conclusion of Jonathan Lesser, president of Continental Economics, writing recently in Politico. Mr. Lesser examined long-term forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on electric vehicles and then determined how much electricity those cars would use. He then compared the amount of “three key pollutants regulated under the U.S. Clean Air Act” produced by electric and gasoline-powered vehicles.

“Widespread adoption of electric vehicles nationwide will likely increase air pollution compared with new internal combustion vehicles,” found Mr. Lesser. “You read that right: More electric cars and trucks will mean more pollution.”