Could this be one of the reasons the USA pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement?
To meet our Paris Climate Agreement goals, all our cars and trucks will need to quickly transition to nearly zero-emissions.
The good news is that such climate-safe vehicles exist today — pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) charged with fairly clean electricity. Many Canadians and Americans are already driving them.
The bad news is that the required transition away from climate-damaging vehicles is happening much too slowly. The legacy car makers are continuing to produce huge numbers of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
The average Canadian car will burn 21 tonnes of gasoline over its lifespan… that’s equal to around 130 barrels of gasoline.
Burning that much gasoline will release 66 tonnes of carbon pollution (66 tCO2) into our air. That’s how much future pollution gets “locked in” on average each time a Canadian buys a new gasoline-burning vehicle.
At today’s Canadian gas prices, the owner of the average car will pay around $35,000 to fill the tank over its lifespan.
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Both Canada and the USA have been a members of the IEA since 1974.
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