Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Wheel Green

EV driver says focus should be on reducing emissions

Submitted by J-M Toriel, Vancouver/Voice file photo

 

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz shows off one of the City's new electric vehicles and charging station in March 2013.

 

asked J-M Toriel, one of the electric vehicle anti-pipeline protest organizers last week, if moving the pipeline to some other location would resolve the issue, and without a pipeline, it would be safe to assume that there would then be more train and truck traffic, which in turn would affect air quality in the Burrard air shed.

 

"The global impacts of expanding the pipelines, trains (it's not either or unfortunately), tankers is connected to the further expansion of the tarsands. The bitumen sludge will be unprocessed for export either way and the building of pipelines will not lower the risks associated with rail transport, but increase it," said Toriel.

 

"Air quality is definitely an issue for the Valley given that transportation makes up BC's largest emitting sector, but by far the biggest issue, that is irresponsibly neglected from discussion on these projects overseen by the NEB, is climate change."

 

The demand and shift to all electric vehicles is on the rise. According to reports, electric vehicle sales rose 361% last year in the US which has 26% of the market share of global sales and is now looking at 7% of all global sales by 2020. It is estimated that more than 35 Million electric vehicles will be on roads worldwide by 2022.


According to Toriel, the best choice to reduce carbon footprints a reliance on fossil fuels the harmful effects of air pollution is by opting for a plug-in vehicle.

 

"Our friends at OPEC have already pounded the economics and legitimacy of the proposed expansions and the environmental risks are becoming ever more clear with protests such as these."
 

Related links:

Reducing Range-A-Phobia: New EV plug-in at City Hall story here.

 

 

 

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