Clean Car Consultation

Web Note

Published 2019-07-08

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The government offer an opportunity to make submissions to the Ministry of Transport regarding prioritising transport emissions.

Here are some of the replies I gave to their consultation:

TODO: sort out order of slides

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What incenses me is the sheer stupidity of these “experts”: They went blundering into Paris agreement and have been chomping at the bit to declare a climate emergency ever since.

They make so many dumb assumptions, but once we have whole fleets of EV’s charging overnight, cheap rate electricity prices will disappear. One way or the other our country is going to have to pay for the roads for all the vehicles that use them. All of their cunningly calculated economies will disappear faster than they can regulate.
We may even have to build more coal power stations to meet increased demand which completely defeats the whole purpose.

Politics

The consultation was totally based on the assumption that we, the people, agree about the need to reduce carbon footprint artificially. Yet I think, let fossil fuels run their natural course to exhaustion rather than try regulating it at this late stage. In the interests of it's people every independent nation should carefuly plan and choose their own focus, to prepare for the future rather than have it dictated by the UN. Alas every single one of our political parties have the same zero carbon green agenda. Our main "opposition" party is National, so I wrote to them (and got no reply).

Petition to Simon Bridges (National)

Thank you for your e-mail “tax, tax and more tax” earlier today. You say National supports greening the vehicle fleet through incentives, not penalties. You say your polices saw the number of electric vehicles on our roads increase hugely.

Well … I don’t support “greening the vehicle fleet”, because New Zealand simply doesn’t have a problem with vehicle emissions.

Electric vehicles might well suit urban commuters, but they are not fit for our economy that is based on agriculture, while commuters need incentives to leave the car at home rather than congesting city centers at rush hour.

Incentives are just like taxes, because ultimately our country has to pay for them one way or the other, so I think electric vehicles should pay road usage charges just like the diesel vehicles.

We need a government with the courage to defend our economy against international competition from countries who really don’t care about green issues, especially because "climate emergency" is a myth, CO2 is essential to life on Earth and the free market will regulate more effectively than an army of bureaucrats.

I may come back and add some more writing and would be happy to engage intelligent discussion, check the Disqus forums for this page.