Planning for a plan
As we wait for the federal Conservatives’ climate plan, there have been a few teasers that hint at what might be on the horizon. Last week, it was reported that the party is undecided about committing to the Paris Agreement targets, while there was some anti-EV link-sharing by one Conservative MP, purporting to show German EVs as more polluting than diesel cars in a study that was widely discredited, even by Germany’s biggest automaker (more on that below).
The thing is, as I said in an op-ed in the Toronto Star, denying electric vehicles isn’t just denying solutions like pricing carbon pollution—it’s denying what’s seemingly inevitable. It’s denying the future and, potentially, our ability to plan for and thrive through it. It’s denying the early years of Netflix. Of iPhones. Of computers.
And I’m not alone in pointing out the holes in this kind of thinking. German carmaker Volkswagen (which, let’s remember, makes diesel cars itself) has come out and said that, yes, EVs do have a lower carbon footprint than diesel. That’s true in heavily coal-powered Germany, and it is definitely true in Canada, where over 80% of our power is non-polluting.