China Wants to Only Make Electric Cars

first_img The climate is changing for the worse, and it’s pretty obvious that it’s scientifically our fault. So it’s up to all of us to try and reverse the environmental damage. But that takes more than one mom reusing the same burlap grocery bag instead of a plastic one. It’s going to take concerted wide-scale regulatory efforts on a national and global scale, efforts like China’s recent attempt to ban fossil fuel cars.A report on Bloomberg details how China’s Vice Minister of industry and Information Technology Xin Guobin and government regulators want to shift the country’s automobile production entirely to electric cars, that buses will then drive over. They’re working on a deadline, and the shift might take years if not decades.But as China’s car market, the world’s largest, expands past the 28 million vehicles sold last year, replacing the massive amount of climate-changing carbon emissions those cars would produce with electric cars could be a huge win against global warming (if there’s still a fight we can win by that point.) To achieve this, China will need to get local manufacturers onboard through tactics like subsidies. Meanwhile, China’s biggest electric automaker BYD, the folks behind the car pictured above, is already reaping the economic benefits of these planned environmental benefits.Beyond global warming, China has experienced air pollution that would make L.A. smog blush. There are recent pictures of Shanghai so smoky they look like something out of Blade Runner, only instead of admiring the beauty the inhabitants had to wear face masks to save their lungs. But whereas the United States shamefully backs away from its duty to the planet, for all of its serious (cough human rights cough) issues, it’s nice to see China step up in this environmental arena as the growing global superpower it is.Other countries and manufacturers, from France and the U.K. to Volvo and Aston Martin, are planning similar phase outs for their fossil fuel vehicles over the next decade. But if we really want to outrace global warming, sooner or later America will need to step on the gas, figuratively speaking. But I forgot, climate change is just a hoax the Chinese themselves came up with. Never mind.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on targetlast_img

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