Are electric cars the new ‘diesel scandal’ waiting to happen?- Bjorn Lomborg

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Bjorn Lomborg writes:

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Do you remember Britain’s ‘dash for diesel’? It began more than 20 years ago when the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announced a new car tax system favouring vehicles with lower emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Diesel cars tend to be more fuel-efficient with lower emissions, and Mr Brown hailed them as the greener and cheaper option. Over a decade and a half, the number of such vehicles on British roads quadrupled.

What didn’t emerge until much later — although it was no secret in the motor industry or among government officials — was that diesel cars also emitted greater quantities of other pollutants, nitrogen oxides and particulates that damage air quality and human health.

Today, diesel is a dirty word and many countries penalise drivers with extra congestion charges and vehicle duty.

Today, diesel is a dirty word and many countries penalise drivers with extra congestion charges and vehicle duty.

It began more than 20 years ago when the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announced a new car tax system favouring vehicles with lower emissions of carbon dioxide

It began more than…

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