With Scott Morrison gone, Susan Ley took on the task of hitting baseless electric vehicles

With Scott Morrison gone, Susan Ley took on the task of hitting baseless electric vehicles

With Scott Morrison gone, Susan Ley took on the task of hitting baseless electric vehicles

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Once upon a time in the former Morrison government, policies to promote electric cars would “end the weekend,” while the vehicles themselves would not be able to tow your boat or trailer.

Now in opposition and with Scott Morrison relegated to the sidelines, the Liberal Party’s deputy leader, Sussan Ley, has continued hitting EV.

Aside from boats and trailers, Ley last week invoked another Australian culture milestone – the utility vehicle – when he told Sky News “no one in the world is building an electric vehicle, anyway.”

Keep my beer.

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Not only do several car makers produce electric vehicles, but the highest profile of them all, Ford, has already started delivering them to customers in the United States.

For decades, the best-selling vehicle of any type in the United States was the Ford F-150 truck.

Since announcing the launch of the all-electric version of the truck last year, the company has received around 200,000 bookings. The company reportedly had to double the capacity of the Michigan factory by building it.

The launch of the Ford F-150 Lightning should have been hard to miss. US President Joe Biden stepped on the accelerator for a year during a visit to Ford’s Michigan headquarters.

Chinese vehicle manufacturer LDV has started selling its T60 electric vehicle in New Zealand, with news that it could be the first electric vehicle on the Australian market as early as this summer.

Jake Whitehead, chief of policy at the Electric Vehicle Council, witnessed two versions of the vehicles that “no one in the world is producing, by the way” during a visit to the United States just a few weeks ago.

“She’s completely wrong and completely wrong,” Whitehead said confidently.

“But that’s only symptomatic of the former government’s head-in-the-sand mentality of what’s really going on in the world.”

In addition to Ford, Whitehead lists Rivian and LDV, backed by Amazon, among companies that already sell electric vehicles. Chevrolet is taking orders in the United States for its electric Silverado. Tesla said production of its Cybertruck will begin in 2023.

Australian startup Roev is converting the ubiquitous Toyota Hilux into an electric vehicle that is expected to be available for purchase by companies next year.

“There are a number of models already available on the overseas market,” Whitehead said. “But Australia was left behind due to a lack of vehicle emission standards.

“It is amazing that there is a certain segment of Australia obsessed with the idea of ​​giving up electric vehicle technology … Instead of having vehicles powered by Australian energy, they would like us to rely on imported fuel.”

While it’s true that electric versions of trucks are more expensive than their internal combustion counterparts, they have much lower running and maintenance costs and can be powered by renewable energy. And they don’t expel any particulate matter or CO2 from the tailpipe.

Ley’s statement echoes Scott Morrison in 2019, arguing that an electric vehicle “wouldn’t tow your boat” about a year after Qantas filmed a Tesla towing a jumbo jet.

The Albanian government said it will release a consultation document this month to develop a national strategy for electric vehicles “to improve the adoption of electric vehicles and improve accessibility and choice”.

King of gas

Announcing last week that another 47,000 sq km of Commonwealth waters would be opened for oil and gas exploration, Resources Minister Madeleine King said it is “central to alleviating future national gas shortages.”

But Australia has no shortage of gasoline. Far from it. About 74% of Australia’s gas is exported in the form of LNG, with a further 7% burned during LNG production (and companies that sell LNG make mouth-watering profits).

The International Energy Agency has said that if the world wants to keep global warming at 1.5 ° C – which the Albanian government says it wants – then there could be no new oil or gas projects from 2021.

Pseudo-coal

Catholic Cardinal George Pell described the “climate change movement” as a “pseudo-religion” in a column in the Australian newspaper over the weekend.

Pell, a skeptic on man-made climate change, said Australia’s reluctance to build more coal-fired power was an example of signaling virtue, stating that in 2021 there were “1,893 new coal-fired power plants” built globally, with 446 in India and 1,171 in China.

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Pell doesn’t say where his numbers come from. But the non-profit group Global Energy Monitor tracks coal-fired power plants around the world, and its data is used extensively by researchers and leading institutions.

According to GEM, there are currently 187 coal-fired plants under construction worldwide, not Pell’s 1,893 (perhaps the others were pseudo-coal-fired plants?).

Another 292 are in the “pre-construction” phase. China has 96 under construction (not 1,171) and India has 23 (not 446). The continuation of power plants in the planning phase is not guaranteed. For example, between 2010 and July 2022, GEM data shows plans for 498 coal-fired power plants in China were canceled.

If you think the climate crisis is not a problem, it becomes easy to support more coal.

So all you could worry about is around half a million deaths a year from coal energy around the world.

In any case, there was “no mandatory Catholic position on climate change because we are a religion, teaching faith and morals,” Pell wrote.

Someone call the pope.

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