What stops us from changing our ways about driving
by davidnormand on September 21, 2017 - 5:19pm
David Normand, Guillaume Fraticelli, Étienne Poirier
Transportation by cars represents 12% of all Green House emissions all around the world. It has become a part of our daily lives and has been an industry in continuous development. Companies fight to make the fastest, prettiest and strongest car compared to other competitors, while what they should actually do is design the most efficient, low consuming and environmentally friendly car they can.
Even if car companies have managed to develop the technology to make their cars more efficient, to lower the emission of CO2/100km, it is not what is better for them economically. What gives the better profit is selling heavy and prestigious cars with big engines that consume a lot of fuel.
What would really help would be if people would take the train, the bus or their bikes instead of driving, but cars are way more convenient. You don’t have to follow a precise schedule, go to the bus stop that is (sometimes) a kilometer away, wait under the rain or in the cold Quebec winter for the bus to come and pick you up and deal with late bus arrival or bus that is overloaded.
As said in David Suzuki’s book, some people may think that electric cars are the solution, but it is actually not as good as they seem for the environment because, in a lot of places, the electricity used to charge those cars comes from coal-burning plants that release a lot of polluting gas in the air. Also, those cars are often way less affordable than the usual car.
The barrier to this problem is that there is no easy solution to overcome automobile use. What would help is doing a thing like Denmark: there is an overall tax of 180% on every fuel-powered car purchase. The fuel price is higher, ownership taxes are higher, sales and registration taxes are higher and insurance taxes are higher. Yes, in Quebec, you are encouraged by the government to buy an electric car (you get $7000), but it is not enough to motivate people because they can have a good reliable car for $18 000 instead of paying their Tesla $65 000 (7000$ taken off). Why would they pay that much money if they can pay the third of it?
“Just Cool it” by David Suzuki