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EV rebates won’t save the planet, Aug. 31
While I applaud Amy Mann’s climate activism and passion in the fight to combat the climate crisis, I have to disagree with her column on electric vehicle (EV) rebates.
It does no service to the cause.
Based on U.S. figures (I could not find Canadian numbers), transportation accounts for 27 per cent of total emissions, and, of that, 41 per cent is from passenger cars. That means roughly 11 per cent of total emissions are from cars.
She is correct in pointing to the environmental damage of mining. However, that is only where the mining is irresponsible and will not apply to new sources in Canada and elsewhere. Cars are a personal responsibility. Power sources are for governments, which must accelerate the transition to clean energy, energy which can, and should be, completely renewable.
EV subsidies would play a huge role, as the comparison of Ontario since Ford’s cancellation of subsidies with Quebec and B.C. makes clear.
In tandem with subsidies for solar panels, as well as switching to the electrification of public transport, these would put Canada in the same position as those few countries that are meeting their obligation to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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