‘Time to act’

Con­cerned stu­dents call on prov­ince to sub­si­dize elec­tric ve­hi­cles

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A group of en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious stu­dents is urg­ing the prov­ince to of­fer in­cen­tives for Is­land mo­torists to drive elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The group, called Re­new­able Trans­port Prince Ed­ward Is­land, wants the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to en­cour­age the own­er­ship of elec­tric ve­hi­cles through a re­bate or sub­sidy, fi­nan­cial sup­port for an elec­tric charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture net­work and a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign to help res­i­dents of P.E.I. un­der­stand the threat of cli­mate change.

The group is call­ing on all Is­land politi­cians to sign a pledge com­mit­ting to im­ple­ment poli­cies that would bet­ter P.E.I. and Canada.

“We be­lieve that this is the time to act on this is­sue,’’ the group says in a state­ment.

“If we do noth­ing, cli­mate change will dras­ti­cally al­ter our way of life and the ex­pense of that life.

The group says it has gar­nered the sup­port of Green Party of P.E.I. leader Peter Be­van-Baker, Strat­ford-Kin­lock MLA James Aly­ward and Rus­tico-Emer­ald MLA Brad Trivers. Both Aly­ward and Trivers are can­di­dates for the P.E.I. PC lead­er­ship.

“All have ex­pressed sup­port for our pro­pos­als to im­ple­ment a re­bate for elec­tric cars be­fore taxes are ap­plied,’’ says the group.

“More­over, they have all stated that cli­mate change and the en­vi­ron­ment are im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing this Is­land and that we must take ac­tion to stop it.’’

The group adds it is cur­rently en­gag­ing with the pro­vin­cial govern­ment on the mat­ter.

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