It’s not just the oh-I’m-shocked at the “Step 2: Now You Need To Ditch Your Electric Vehicle” angle.
Note the last five words in the excerpt. It seems that ol’ Hazel Southwell has gotten a memo going around on what the next environmental scam is that scientists will harp on, and government will step in and stomp on. And of course regulate and tax out of affordability, for the children and for social justice.
Norway Wants People To Park Their EVs and Ride the Bus
thedrive.com | May 5, 2022 | Hazel Southwell
Norway has been incredibly successful at introducing electric vehicles. In 2021, nearly two-thirds of all new vehicle purchases there were EVs, and combustion sales there are set to end just three years from now in 2025. But there’s a new problem for the Scandinavian nation: it needs people to stop driving their EVs so much and get on buses and trains.
Electric vehicles, as people who don’t necessarily have purely environmental interests at heart are keen to point out, don’t totally negate the downsides of, well, vehicles. An electric car is still a car that takes up space on roads, has manufacturing and maintenance costs, and requires energy to move it around, which has to come from somewhere. In Norway, the grid energy is pretty darned clean (92 percent comes from hydroelectric generation, the rest from a mix of wind and thermal renewables) but any car still creates emissions, like upcoming pollutant bombshell tire particulates.
Air-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate Crisis
Scientific American | May 10, 2022 | Rose M. Mutiso, Morgan D. Bazilian, Jacob Kincer, Brooke Bowser
As the world heats up, billions of people need air-conditioning. This 120-year-old technology used to be considered a luxury, but in the age of climate change, it is a necessity for human survival. Understandably, this has created anxiety over the climate threat of a world overrun with ACs. But the coming boom in air-conditioning is an essential shift toward reducing the enormous gap in cooling availability that exists between rich and poor people and nations—and toward producing a more equitable world.
(Co-author Morgan is in favor of spending a Bazilian dollars.)