It’s being reported that the Government is considering scrapping the proposed £5,000 subsidy on electric cars.
Now there’s a headline to turn the eco-mentalists from a nice shade of green to a raging puce. It’s being reported that the new Dave ‘n’ Nick Show is considering scrapping the range of incentives available for electric cars, and in particular the £5k electric car purchase subsidy.
How dare the Government not support the barmy climate predictions and the received wisdom that global warming is man made and electric cars are the solution?
Could it be that Philip Hammond (Secretary of State for Transport) has taken one look at the likely cut of around £700 million in his department’s budget and concluded it’s not the Government’s job to subsidise an inconvenient and impractical mode of transport – the electric car – when we already have a perfectly good one – the internal combustion-engined car? If so, all we can say is – Well done Phil!
Or maybe he read the report – released this week – from the Royal Academy of Engineering on electric cars. They concluded that the UK would need to build six nuclear power stations to fuel the UK’s cars if everyone switched to electric cars. Even more pertinently they concluded that doing so would have no impact on CO2 emissions.
We’ll say that again. Electric cars have no impact on emissions. The man from the RAE said:
“Swapping gas guzzlers for electric vehicles will not solve our carbon emissions problem on its own. When most electricity in Britain is still generated by burning gas and coal, the difference between an electric car and a small, low-emission petrol or diesel car is negligible.”
Which is exactly what we’ve been saying for ever. Perhaps the new Government is a chance to unwind green policies based on climate change speculation.
And stop taxing us based on the tenet of CO2 being harmful.