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Oil prospecting is traditionally a dangerous occupation after
Horizon incident, but long term exposure to carcinogenic
particulates kills many more people.
EURONEWS 23 FEBRUARY 2023 - EU TO BAN PETROL AND DIESEL CARS BY 2035 - HERE'S WHY SOME COUNTRIES ARE PUSHING BACK
The European Parliament has approved a new law banning the sale of
diesel cars from 2035.
The new rule - part of a larger effort to combat climate change in the EU - will speed up the bloc’s transition to electric vehicles. Cars currently account for around 15 per cent of all
CO2 emissions in the
The legislation demands that carmakers cut carbon emissions from new cars by 100 per cent. In practice, this means no new fossil fuel-powered vehicles will be able to be sold from 2035 onwards.
The approval on Tuesday is one step before the law gets a formal rubber stamp and comes into effect.
But some countries are pushing back against the change.
IS THE EU READY TO SWAP ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
Italy is home to big car brands like Fiat,
Alfa Romeo and
Ferrari, which are heavily reliant on combustion engine vehicles. Around 270,000 people are directly or indirectly employed by the automotive industry in the country.
Italian Minister for Transport Matteo Salvini has called the new law economic “suicide” for the EU. He said it was “ideological fundamentalism” that would benefit China and harm the European car industry.
[It's the other way around, cars running
on renewable energy, frees the EU from fossil fuel imports.
The Fiat group need to catch up with technology, and beat
China to the punch.]
The country’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajan has also sought to dilute the legislation, calling for a 90 per cent reduction in carbon emissions rather than 100 per cent.
Others warn that neither Europe’s industry nor the general public is ready for such a dramatic shift.
[True, but only if they don't crack on
The European People's Party Group - a centre-right political group in the European Parliament - say the law could lead to people driving older combustion engine cars after new sales are banned because they can’t afford an electric replacement.
Claims that electric cars are cheaper have been rendered “null and void” by the soaring cost of energy, argues German MEP Jens Gieseke of the European People's Party. Opponents of the legislation also say that car
batteries are being produced abroad rather than in the EU.
'A VICTORY FOR OUR PLANET AND OUR POPULATIONS'
President of the transport committee Karima Delli said that this was “a historic vote for the ecological transition.”
“We will no longer, or almost no longer, have petrol or diesel cars on our roads in 2050.”
Delli added that the legislation is a “victory for our planet and our
But EU Vice President Frans Timmermans warned MEPs that China was bringing 80 new models of electric cars to the international market between last year and the end of this year. The car industry needs to be prepared.
“These are good cars,” Timmermans said. “These are cars that will be more and more affordable, and we need to compete with that. We don't want to give up this essential industry to outsiders.”
Many European car companies are already getting ready for the new law by becoming competitive in the electric vehicle market.
The automotive industry didn’t lobby hard against it - an indication that the electric shift is well underway.
- One in the eye for kleptocrats like Vladimir
Putin. No more fossil fuel blackmail.
RECORD FUEL PRICES - JUNE 2022
Average petrol and
diesel pump prices in the UK have hit new record highs yet again, with the Government still being urged to help ease the burden on drivers.
Petrol now costs an average of 183.16p per litre, while diesel is 188.82p per litre. Many fuel stations, particularly those on motorways, are charging more than £2 per litre for the fuels.
The news comes just a day after the average cost of filling the 55-litre fuel tank of a typical family car with unleaded has exceeded £100 for the first time.
is a fossil fuel derived from the fractional distillation of
crude oil that is used to fuel automotive
and especially trucks, for land transport and
boat & ship engines for
engines are used almost exclusively in tractors for
agriculture and growing crops and heavy earth moving plant for
civil engineering projects and house
terms of climate change,
diesel engines should be replaced with electric motors that
are driven by generated electricity
supplies such as solar
particular, cities like London,
are dangerous places to live with carcinogenic
particulates from public transport. It will be possible to
replace diesel powered vehicles with smart
service stations that carry standardized battery (or hydrogen
fuel cell) cartridges. Roughly 7-8 million people die
every year as a result of lung
cancer and related respiratory diseases. The rate for
Covid 19 is 2.5 million people. That helps to give perspective
to using fossil fuels. Perhaps, our vehicles should wear masks
in crowded situations, like Covid precautions - and we should
wear breathing apparatus when driving them.
coal and oil lobbyists, known as climate deniers, know this,
but continue to push for more exploration and build of
electricity generating stations - even where they are in
effect killing people by gassing them, contrary to Articles
3 and 5
of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. You might care to agree, they are no better than the
in wartime Germany. Only, they stand to gas more people by
carrying on "business as usual" than the brown shirt
fascists. Around two hundred and forty million (240,000,000)
humans between 2030 and 2050. If they do not mend their dirty
2021, China's Xi
Jinping and India's Narendra
Modi, have signaled their intention to step up coal
burning, with Australia's Scott
Morrison saying he'll keep on digging up coal for export.
Making these 3 countries the worst of the Dirty Dozen.
Putin, is also in the running to kill his countrymen. Also
an exporter of death, and 4th on the list of carcinogenic
their businesses kill people, makes them Climate
Criminals, unless they use the profits made on the
millions of deaths so far, to fund clean renewables, and phase
out coal and oil as quickly as the implementation of a clean infrastructure
will allow - to in some measure - atone for their sins.
fuels kick started our industrial revolution, powered steam
ships and generated electricity as we released the
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 and cause lung
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.
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.
END USER ADDICTION
By way of an example, the United States
has less than 5% of the world's population, but uses more than 25% of the world's supply of fossil
fuels derived from oil. As the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions,
fossil fuel combustion, accounted for 80 percent of [its] weighted emissions in 1998. Combustion of fossil fuels also produces other air pollutants, such as
oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals.
The more developed a country in 2019, the harder it will be to
kick the fossil fuel habit. Going cold-turkey is not an
Donald Trump and other G20
world leaders are sure to be considering ways of curing their
nation's addiction to oil, before they
The fumes from car exhausts kills us slowly when we burn
it and release the carcinogens into the atmosphere to create
smogs. We might as well be smoking. Before Zyklon
B, the Germans gassed the inmates of concentration
camps using the exhaust fumes from trucks. It is estimated
that around 8 million people died in 2018 of cancer caused by
vehicle pollution. That is three times the mortality rate of
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