Jan 8, 2021: Electric Vehicle Madness

Happy New Year!

We’re off to a good start here at the Greeny Flat. Just before Christmas we passed the final inspection for the Energy Retrofit of the old fibro cottage next door. We have been working on this project on and off for the last five years so it’s satisfying to be so close to completion. I just have to supply the council with ‘certificates’ from various tradespeople stating that the work has been done according to the relevant standards (yet another way for our local council to avoid taking responsibility for anything) plus I have a few bits of touch-up paint and some other tiny projects to finish up.

Meanwhile, two articles caught my eye this morning.

This one from The Guardian reports that Elon Musk has now become the world’s wealthiest individual, mainly due to the Tesla share price going through the roof on the back of strong EV sales in the US.

And this one from The Independent states that

Electric cars comprised 54% of all new vehicle sales in Norway for 2019.

This makes Norway the first country to have sold more electric cars than petrol, hybrid, and diesel engines in a year.

The Norwegian government plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, and is using tax breaks and financial incentives to encourage the purchasing of more sustainable vehicles.’

What these articles show is that the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is well underway and it looks like only a matter of time before EV’s completely replace ICE (Infernal Combustion Engine) vehicles in other parts of the world. To help speed the transition away from fossil fuels, countries like Norway (and even the USA) offer generous rebates and tax breaks for people who choose to buy an EV.

Image Source - abc.net.au

Fossil Fools. (Image Source – abc.net.au)

Here in the upside-down-country however, there are no such incentives, in fact (and this is why I titled this article EV Madness) two of our states have recently proposed ADDITIONAL taxes on EV users. Yes, you read that correctly… as reported in this article from Renew Economy, both Victoria and South Australia are planning to impose higher taxes on EV users because ‘EV’s don’t pay their fair share of fuel taxes’. Apparently New South Wales is looking to follow suit.

Is it just me or is this complete insanity?

Most other countries in the world are trying to encourage people to use less fossil fuels and to drive cars that are more efficient, quieter, easier to maintain and reduce costs for health care and climate disasters by not pumping harmful emissions into the air. At the same time, Australian states are actively DISCOURAGING the use of EVs and joining our Federal Government in desperately cleaving to the fossil fuel interests that have Australia’s politicians by the short and curlies. It seems that the coal, oil and gas industries have completely corrupted our political system.

Ironically, the transition away from fossil fuels is going to happen anyway and the fossil fools that are currently controlling things here will inevitably go the way of the dinosaurs and other critters that were unable to adapt to rapid changes in their environment.

NZ Mandates EV’s for All Government Departments

In stark contrast, according to this article from The Driven …

‘New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has mandated that all Government agencies must now only purchase electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrid vehicles as part of its new policy to become a carbon-neutral government by 2025.’

Image source - The Driven

Image source – The Driven

I would like to propose a referendum to officially make Australia the new West Island of New Zealand and adopt Jacinda as our new Prime Minister.

Sustainability Survey for Wingecarribee Shire Council

For anyone who lives in, visits or cares about our local government area (the Wingecarribee Shire) there is a currently an online survey which you can take to state your thoughts about how our local council can act to help make this area more sustainable and less environmentally damaging.

I encourage any readers who care about these things to have you say. Thanks and here’s the link


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