The European Union will ban the common internal combustion engine in 2035, making electric cars mandatory. Thus, European climate socialism threatens to make car ownership unaffordable for average-income households.
This threat comes straight from the Dutch “People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy” (VVD). The irony will not be lost on those Dutch voters who still remember that this party once tried to attract them with the slogan, ‘Glad that I’m driving.’
EU Prevents Freedom of Movement
Although he proposed the European ban, European Parliament Member Jan Huitema, now claims that driving must still remain affordable. However, his ban will do the contrary by betraying the average VVD voter and sacrificing his middle-class supporters on the altar of the climate agenda.
Carlos Tavares, CEO of the car group Stellantis, which includes Chrysler, Opel, Peugeot and Fiat brands, sounded the alarm about this threat in De Telegraaf. “These absurd measures have been proposed by politicians who should stand up for their voters.” Instead, they deprive citizens not only of their private property but of all freedom of movement.
Polo Became Doubles in Price
The truth of Tavares’ claim was evident when Stellantis recently announced that popular compact and mid-sized cars such as the Peugeot 108 and the Ford Fiesta will cease production.
Volkswagen’s “supermini car,” the Polo, also will be discontinued. Due to the new EU environmental rules, Volkswagen board member Thomas Schäfer says that a new model would cost €5,000 ($5,272.50 US) more than the current model. A new Polo would then cost €32,000 ($33,744 US). This is in contrast to only five years ago when you could get the keys for €15,550 ($16,344.75 US).
EU emission standards make these models unaffordable, so carmakers must cease production. Thus, the affordable family car is rapidly disappearing. These changes are affecting the used car market, where prices are also rising sharply.
Other automakers are expected to make similar announcements.
“Politicians Want to Change Our Way of Life”
Stellantis leader Carlos Tavares does not believe the politicians’ claim that climate is the reason for the changes. He thinks it is just a pretext.
“It seems the EU is out to keep the common man or woman out of the car. The rules limit freedom by keeping people from going where and when they want to go. This policy must stop because freedom is important.”
He claims that the regulations have less to do with climate goals than “the politicians’ desire to change our way of life.”
Power Crisis, Even Without Electric Cars
Meanwhile, it is unclear where all those electric cars envisioned for 2035 will get their power. Electric power production would have to increase by at least 25%. All European countries are now facing an energy crisis. In the Netherlands, energy suppliers are increasingly warning of future power failures and interruptions.
One cause of the power shortage is the unreliability of wind turbines and solar panels and the closure of conventional power stations. In addition, power grid infrastructure and charging stations- can no longer cope with increasing demand. New companies in Brabant and Limburg are already experiencing power cuts due to a lack of capacity on the electric grid.
About 600,000 Lost Jobs
Preparations for the ban on the internal combustion engine are so flawed that even the EU admits it. European Commissioner for Internal Markets, Thierry Breton, is already looking for a way out. He wants to include a clause that could postpone the engine ban. However, what is the point of a ban that will not be feasible in the long term, especially one which is also expected to cost 600,000 European jobs?
Dependent on Totalitarian China
Some say that at least this ban would be good for the environment. This is false because the battery makes electric cars about 40% heavier than cars with combustion engines. This added weight means heavier loads on tires and brakes, producing much more harmful materials for the environment.
European Commissioner Breton notes that electric car batteries require fifteen times more lithium, four times more cobalt, four times more graphite and three times more nickel than current vehicles. All of them are rare raw materials, mainly under China’s control.
Thus, the irrational EU climate socialism is driving the member states toward a dangerous energy crisis. At the same time, the world is becoming completely dependent on totalitarian China for raw materials.
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