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Hard to Envision

May 23, 2014 12:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
The International Energy Agency, an autonomous organization of 28 countries (U.S. included) which “works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its member countries and beyond,” believes that by the year 2035 the number of vehicles on the road worldwide will double to 1.7 billion (with a “b”). That’s twice as many vehicles as we have now. (Not surprisingly, China will be a major factor in that rise.) That’s 310 vehicles per 1,000 people. What will the effect be on fuel consumption? On natural resources? On infrastructure? On air pollution? On the rise in respiratory ailments worldwide? And just imagine the Beijing MVA office on a Saturday morning.

Bottom Line: It might be time to buy stock in hybrid and electric cars.—S.H.