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EURONEWS 23 FEBRUARY 2023 - EU TO BAN PETROL AND DIESEL CARS BY 2035 - HERE'S WHY SOME COUNTRIES ARE PUSHING BACK
RUSSIA - One in the eye for kleptocrats like Vladimir Putin. No more fossil fuel blackmail.
The average cost of filling a typical family car with petrol has exceeded £100 for the first time on what was labelled a “truly dark day” for drivers. Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a record 182.3p on Wednesday 9 June 2022.
Car exhaust fumes, especially in cities, is linked to lung cancer. Undertaker policies that prolong such use could be responsible for 300,000,000 million deaths before petrol is phased out completely, at the present rate of around 8,000,000 million deaths a year worldwide, attributed to air pollution.
This high energy fuel allowed the development of motor cars (such as the Ford Model T) and vans that are safe and reliable, taking us from the horse-drawn carriage and Red Flag Acts, to the development of tarmac roads and motorways.
This gave us freedom to travel at reasonable prices and work in towns and cities while commuting home some miles away, except that nobody is paying to offset the damage they are doing to the natural world by driving such vehicles.
While petrol was a convenient stop-gap, in any sustainable society burning fuels that pollute our atmosphere with greenhouse gases and cause acid rain, should be banned when used for routine transport.
Clean electric or other alternative forms of transport give us a workable solution, except that we have know about such pollution for years, but have done nothing substantive to provide the supporting network to allow EVs to flourish.
This is the fault of the electorate for voting in politicians who are effectively working for the oil companies and car makers - who obviously do not want change to clean air fuels all the while they can drill for oil without penalties for exploiting dirty technology, instead of investing in a clean future for our children.
In particular, cities like London, are dangerous places to live with carcinogenic emissions from public transportation. It will be possible to replace petrol powered vehicles with smart service stations that carry standardized battery (or hydrogen fuel cell) cartridges.
Fossil fuels kick started our industrial revolution, powered steam ships and generated electricity as we released the energy in coal and later oil, to make things happen at a faster pace. Cars and aircraft being an example of things we now take for granted that pollute big time.
But it was a brilliant time for engineers and town planners who thought they could rely of this energy source without any consequences. Because after all the world is a big place. Surely humans could not alter the delicate ecological balance of planet earth just by driving a few cars and lighting a few home fires. Then came central heating. Sh*#%
Sadly, we can. We did and we still are, even though we now know how dangerous our excesses are to other species - and we are also set for extinction if we do nothing to swap fossil fuels for clean renewable energy sources.
DOUBLE STANDARDS - Why waste money forcing infrastructure revision for fossil fuel vehicles, when that same taxpayers and energy company time and money could have been spent on EVs. It does not make any sense. Especially, where using this fuel is counterproductive in terms of genuine CO2 reductions - and contributes to man made famines.
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Petrol blended with 10% ethanol was supposed to reduce emissions from car exhausts, but that may not have worked quite as Grant Shapps and George Eustice had led us to believe. And such use that competes with land for crops, with 815,000,000 million people undernourished, may be seen as immoral, apart from the extra cost in losing fuel efficiency. Some are saying it is a ruse to rid the roads of older vehicles and raise revenue on new car sales, as car tax. For sure motoring costs will rise as you need more gallons to do less miles, hence more money for Rishi Sunacks Treasury as fuel tax. All in all, it's a con. An expensive con if you drive a classic, where the engine fuel system will be eaten away. The money used on changing the infrastructure, could have been spent on EV refueling, including being hydrogen ready. But then in the UK, their part time politicians don't think that far ahead to see the bigger picture. All they want is to keep in with big business for consultancy back handers when they leave public office.
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