Jack Newsham, 11/13/2015
A group of researchers is set to analyze the environmental impact of Uber and Lyft, whose impacts on auto emissions have long been a subject of controversy.
Fans of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft often argue that they benefit the environment by eliminating the need for people to own a car, butsome skeptics say the services could replace eco-friendly alternatives such as public transportation or biking. Experts from the University of California at Berkeley and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program said Friday at an MIT conference that they hoped to clear the air.
“All we have right now is anecdotes,” said Amanda Eaken, deputy director of urban solutions at the council. “I think we are all served by understanding what is actually happening with these companies.”
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