By Lethbridge Herald on January 24, 2024.
With reference to Edna Mackenzie’s letter to the editor on Jan. 12, firstly, you nailed it with your final remark – “in the end the consumer will decide the future of EVs.”
I do not think anyone believes we will be forced to have only electric vehicles for purchase by 2035 – neither the Government of Canada, the steadfast environmentalists, all the politicians in the world and us consumers.
Butwe must have goals set, policies to achieve them, systems to record the progress (or lack of) and ways and means to adjust and reset the objectives.
I spent years trying to get two major petrol-chemical companies (Dow Chemical and Nova Chemical) to address recycling and reusing all the plastic resin they spewed out every year.
Nothing happened until the big governments stepped in. Nova Chemicals now has a plan for a 30 per cent recycled content as a share of its total polyethylene sales of plastic pellets by 2030.
Dow Chemical, with $58 billion U.S. dollars in worldwide revenue is still slow to come to the table; even with their “Path to Zero by 2050” carbon storage initiative, they still have no plan to have the two million tonnes of plastic pellets they will spew out in 2029 from the new plant.
All these big companies now have ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) plans with their Chief Executive Officers (CEO) realizing that a bigger bottom line is not their only mandate.
So back to electric vehicles – the big automobile manufacturers such as GM, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, etc. would still be spewing out large exhaust pollutants, had big governments not stepped in with regulations and time frames.
So, Goodnight Mrs, Calabash – wherever you are, as Jimmy Durante would say.
I say don’t worry, Mrs Mackenzie – we, the consumer, can choose our government, purchase what we please, reject what we do not like and change what we can.
Grant R Harrington