Electric vehicles in B.C. not green

Re: Uptown slated for city’s first high-speed car charger (News, Jan. 23)

Re: Uptown slated for city’s first high-speed car charger (News, Jan. 23)

More crazy news about electric cars. First, they use our tax money to subsidize the purchase. Now they want to build charging stations.

All very well if the cars were indeed green, but here in B.C. they are not.  Experts are pointing out that because all our green sources are already spoken for, and our last watt comes from fuel burning power plants, the cars represent new load, and therefore will be supplied fully by fueled power plants, and therefore have a “very long tailpipe” to those plants.

Worse yet, B.C. Hydro is raising our rates dramatically over the next few years to pay for new, more expensive sources of power to supply a growing demand. Therefore, anything that increases demand is a factor in raising rates for all of us.

So, they are spending tax dollars to encourage increased electricity consumption that will, in turn, drive up our rates.

It makes much more ecological sense to burn natural gas in cars rather than in the power plants. Also makes more sense to burn it in our cars rather than using a lot of energy to liquefy our surplus for China.

Rein Nienaber

Saanich

 

 

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