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Electric Car Subsidies Are Here To Stay Says Man Who Hangs Around The Tory Party.

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By Tim Smith

Speaking to the Conservative Party’s megaphone, The Daily Telegraph, Nick Clegg announced to middle England that electric cars are here to stay, Ok?

Venturing out to the Ace Cafe, somewhat holy ground for men of a certain age who ride/rode motorbikes, Nick Clegg stated that the current £5000 government subsidy on Electric cars is here to stay, saying ‘There is no date in the diary’ for an end to the strategy.

He went on to add that the government (that is, the tax payer) will invest ‘£9 million’. I can’t help but read that in Del-boy’s voice.

It’s an interesting position to be in, this. You see, also in the piece, Suzanne Gray, Head of BMW ‘i’ in the UK (I think that means she’s head of PR for ‘i’, although, as always, I’m willing to be wrong) states that ‘if you stopped subsidies at the end of 2015, then the market will suddenly dry up’.

In other words, even the best, the champions for this new electric age, know the hoi palloi aren’t ready to accept electric cars.

I guess that would mean they would have to be ready to accept that climate change is happening, and that Homo-sapien are the cause. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

It is interesting to note, though, that Prof Michael Marmot said on the Today programme, erm, today, regarding Cancer prevention that ‘We know it’s close to useless to lecture people about living healthily’.

Hmmmm…

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Shell Have A Crystal Ball, You Can Find A Link To It Here.

Shell oil have predicted that the last internal combustion car will be built in 2070.

Make no mistake, Shell are one of the most powerful oil companies in the world, and, unsurprisingly, they’d like it to stay that way. As part of this they have just released a report looking forward to the future of energy use on a global level. You can find the full report here. Believe me, it makes for interesting and sometimes disturbing reading.

Back to that headline figure, though. Although Shell have predicted the end of internal combustion cars late in the 21st century, they have also outlined that they think a national hydrogen infrastructure will have taken over for ‘long haul and heavy loads’. Interesting, especially as Elon Musk would like you to think along alternative lines.

It is also interesting to note that, although this is a prediction, a hydrogen network would be more in line with the type of company that Shell is. An electric one would not.

Another part of the report states that ‘the global average temperature rise overshoots the current 2˚C goal.’ Also, ‘as greenhouse gas emissions follow a pathway towards a high degree of climate change.’

There is still much climate change skepticism within the ranks of the motoring press, and, perhaps, the population at large. It is almost (almost) refreshing to see such a big player admit, in bold terms, that things need to change, that what is happening is a reality.

Like it or not, change is blowing in the wind, but the structures of supply and delivery will aim to remain standing throughout the coming storms.

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