While the World Moves Toward a Future of Electric Cars, Trump Stays Behind With Big Oil

This week, the U.K. government announced that no more new diesel and gasoline vehicles would be manufactured after 2040 in an attempt to mitigate air pollution across the country.

The announcement was part of a £3 billion (almost $4 billion) clean air strategy: “Air Quality Plan for Nitrogen Dioxide,” and it sets out how the U.K. will be reducing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.

One reason for the emergence of this plan was a report from the Royal College of Physicians published in February, 2016, which stated, “Each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution which plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day.”

In addition, the government had a deadline of July 31 to come up with a strategy to comply with European Union air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide, or face a hearing at the European Court of Justice which could impose heavy fines.

While the ban on diesel and gasoline cars will apply to the entire country, the U.K. government is requiring local authorities to come up with their own, custom-made plans for dealing with air pollution. Local councils have just eight months to submit initial plans, which could include changing road layouts, retrofitting public transport and encouraging residents to leave their cars at home, and implementing new technologies.

Once the plans have been approved, the authorities will receive funds to implement them, with £40 million being available immediately.

Other highlights of the Air Quality Plan include a Clean Air Fund available for local authorities to bid for extra funds and an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill allowing the government to mandate the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at freeway service areas and large service stations.

The UK Isn’t The Only Country To Embrace Electric Cars 

The U.K. is the second European country in the past month to propose a ban on non-electric vehicles. On July 6, the French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot announced a ban on the sale of any car that uses diesel or gasoline by 2040, as part of a renewed commitment to the Paris Climate Accords.

And there are more:

Trump Embraces Big Oil

Meanwhile, President Trump has abandoned the Paris agreement and is seeking to take the U.S. in the opposite direction of advancing clean technology.

On July 25, the Transportation Department announced it is considering freezing the auto fuel efficiency targets set by the previous administration, instead of raising them each year, as the Obama administration had recommended.  

The current targets were established in 2011 and require 2021 models to average 41 miles per gallon, and 2025 to average 49.7 miles per gallon. Under the proposal put forth this week, those would be dramatically lowered.

Countries around the world seek to confront the damaging effects of pollution from vehicles on our health and our environment, but Trump is embracing Big Oil and the use of gasoline in cars.

However, he can’t stop global progress. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, even if the United States stays behind.

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