No more electric cars from 2035, the European Parliament changes line

The energy crisis and the ongoing geopolitical upheavals have disturbed EU positions. Last autumn, the Commission included natural gas and nuclear energy as “green” sources. Now the European Parliament has revised its plans as well electric cars. Only a year ago, a resolution “Fit for 55” was approved. In it, the obligation for the 27 EU member states to register 100% of cars with electric motors by 2035. Essentially the end of the car with an internal combustion engine. Last week, the sensational turning point occurred: the proposal of the Bulgarian socialist MEP Petar Vitanov to follow up on the decision was rejected by a large majority.

Popular Party, Conservatives, “Macronians” and even some pieces of the Socialist Party voted against. No longer 100%, but a target of 90% for electric cars to be registered on the total. And it is not just a matter of numbers, but rather of the approach to the subject that has changed totally.

Electric cars are no longer the only remedy against pollution

The opposite voice is derived from the recognition that the method of measurement of pollution rates of the vehicles were completely misleading. In fact, the “exhaust” measurement alone did not take into account the pollution produced along the entire production chain for the construction of a car. An electric emitter does not emit exhaust gases, so it is formally completely green. But if energy produced from very dirty sources, such as coal, is used to build it, it actually pollutes as well.

And there is another perspective problem: So far, the internal combustion engine has been viewed negatively, assuming that it must be powered forever by polluting fuels such as petrol and diesel.

In fact, new cleaner fuels such as biogas. But if we set ourselves the goal of only selling electric cars between now and 2035, we are actually rejecting alternative hypotheses of equal or better positive impact on the environment.

Impact on the European car industry

So far the technical disquisitions. The reality is far more political than we think. Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton had admitted that switching to electric cars would destroy 600,000 jobs in the EU. We would have dismantled parts of industry in Germany, Italy and France. It is perfectly fine to find solutions to protect the environment, but you can not turn a blind eye social and economic consequences the measures taken.

End of environmentalism à la Greta

And in recent months, fears have spread that China would take advantage of this embargo in favor of electric cars. It is ahead of us in this field and is essential for the production of batteries, thanks to the abundance of Rare countries available, including the famous lithium. That is why, at the bottom of the European Parliament’s change of course, realism after years of eco-terrorism was conveyed à la Greta and naively shed in the press by perverted leaders.

The war between Russia and Ukraine has put Europe with its back to the wall. Despite its close trade ties, it has had to acknowledge that China is our geopolitical “enemy”. The Germans had deceived themselves – or rather, they had made people believe for the sake of convenience – that the European future would be almond-shaped and that we could also continue to trade with the Russians. In a few months, these discrepancies have emerged.

Living room environmentalism has already been replaced by pragmatism, which is no less effective. We have simply opened our eyes and stopped thinking that in order to protect the environment, we must stop producing, consuming and even breathing. And the long era of gifts to other Asian powers that have dismantled the continental industry seems to be coming to an end.

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