While Rome burns
I am happy to see Efficiency P.E.I. roll out its electric/hybrid vehicle campaign. Public education is a critical weapon against the looming catastrophe of climate change.
Unfortunately, Islanders require more of a reward than a paternal pat on the backside and a coffee mug to change their behaviour. It is critical that government create a strident and robust suite of incentives to effectively impact Islanders’ choice of transportation.
The provincial tax rebate for electric and hybrid cars was whisked off the table five years ago. No doubt fiscal prudence is government’s stated reason for withholding such incentives.
This has little credibility in the context of government’s willingness to become the wet nurse for specific sectors of hand picked industries. This is carried out with no public oversight and without consideration of the impact those industries have on the environment.
Top-down, short-term policymaking may sit well with the Liberal donor base, but the extraordinary costs incurred will be borne by future generations.
Boyd Allen, Pownal