When Are Canada’s Prime Minister and so many of our Premiers going to stop gambling away so much of our country’s future on the tar sands? Can’t We Diversify Our Economy, For God’s Sake!
A News Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted January 30th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
There was an old saying, coined in the middle of the last century that goes something like this – “What’s good for General Motors is good for America.”
In this brave new world of the 21st century, that slogan may not have as much currency as it did then for the United States and for Canada, which has a huge stake in the manufacture of parts for GM trucks and cars. It is quite likely that Amazon now has a larger impact on what is good or bad for America and its closest economic partners.
Yet General Motors is still an corporate and economic power force to contend with in this world and when it finally says that it is working to completely stop producing vehicles with gas and diesel engines by 2035 – a mere 14 years from now – perhaps it is time that our tar sands enslaved Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and carbon-friendly premiers like Jason Kenney in Alberta and Doug Ford in Ontario, begin to listen.
If they don’t, then what is good for Canada – never mind America – might very well go down the drain.
General Motors release a milestone statement – possibly one of its most significant one yet in this era of global climate emergency – this past January 28th, 2021 that generated some of the following headlines in major media outlets within the last of days of this month of January –
From NBC News – “GM to go all-electric by 2035, phase out gas and diesel engines; GM launched its first long-range electric car, the Chevy Bolt, in 2016.”
From Forbes Magazine – “GM Plans To Phase Out Gas And Diesel Cars By 2035.”
From CNN – “General Motors to eliminate gasoline and diesel light-duty cars and SUVs by 2035; Big U.S. automaker says it will invest heavily in electric vehicles and be carbon neutral by 2040.”
Now we see Ford Motors quickly releasing a statement that it is moving to do the same.
Is Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau or are the likes of Premiers like Ontario’s Doug Ford or Jason Kenney listening?
Are they paying any serious attention to what is unfolding through the front windshield up ahead? Or do they have their eyes fatally fixed on the read mirror?
Or are we still going to be watching them throw billions of our tax dollars away on subsidizing and building infrastructure for a tar sands industry that is going the way of the FAX machine or VHS tape machines?
What this Canadian – one who keeps striving to feel proud about this good country – continues to find infuriating is how short-sighted and unadventurous so many of our political leaders (federal, provincial and municipal) are when it comes to re-imagining or reshaping our future.
Hey Justin! Hey Doug Ford and Jason Kenny!
The writing is in the sky, and it has been for quite a while.
The tar sands party is over. Invest in a more diversified economy in Canada, or see this country’s future role as a leader for health and prosperity on this planet go down the toilet with it.
Doug Draper Niagara At Large
Now here is an excerpt from that General Motors News Release – General Motors, the Largest U.S. Automaker, Plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2040 –
Thu, January 28, 2021
DETROIT, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —
GM aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035
Today, GM announced that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targetsⁱⁱ to achieve carbon neutrality. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders.
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
In addition to GM’s carbon goals, the company worked with the Environmental Defense Fund to develop a shared vision of an all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.
GM’s focus will be offering zero-emissions vehicles across a range of price points and working with all stakeholders, including EDF, to build out the necessary charging infrastructure and promote consumer acceptance while maintaining high quality jobs, which will all be needed to meet these ambitious goals.
“With this extraordinary step forward, GM is making it crystal clear that taking action to eliminate pollution from all new light-duty vehicles by 2035 is an essential element of any automaker’s business plan,” said Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp. “EDF and GM have had some important differences in the past, but this is a new day in America — one where serious collaboration to achieve transportation electrification, science-based climate progress and equitably shared economic opportunity can move our nation forward. …”
To read the entire news release, click on – https://investor.gm.com/news-releases/news-release-details/general-motors-largest-us-automaker-plans-be-carbon-neutral-2040 .
To read a New York Times report, posted January 28th, 2021 on this major move by General Motors, click on – https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/business/gm-zero-emission-vehicles.html .
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