The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, was rebuked this week by thousands of protesters, who are angry with a new carbon tax on gasoline and diesel. The Champs-Élysées looked a bit like a war zone yesterday after protesters set vehicles on fire.
President Macron justified the tax by saying that France needs to move to clean, renewable energy and not to rely on fossil fuels. I think his justification is sound. The problem is that most people don’t agree that the use of fossil fuels is bad. Personally, I’m surrounded by people, who have no interest in abandoning their use of fossil fuels. They see no need. Putting gasoline in their cars is how they’ve always refueled and they are not interested in changing.
An analysis from President Trump’s own administration this week reported that climate change will continue to fuel weather extremes, which will result in bigger disasters from hurricanes, floods, wild fires and droughts. Most people just don’t get it. It is not logical that we now have wild fires that wipe out whole cities and that is the new norm because people want to continue to use fossil fuels instead of a clean alternative.
I started driving an electric vehicle in July of this year. My electric car is mostly powered by electricity generated from solar panels on my house roof. If I were not using solar power for my car, a month’s worth of electricity would cost me around $25 for my normal driving. The only regular maintenance I have to do with the car is to rotate the tires every 6,000 miles. There are no oil changes. The car’s electric motor is more powerful than most internal combustion engine cars and the power is instantly there when I hit the accelerator. Electric cars are so much more efficient than gasoline or diesel cars, and yet, most people prefer driving a car that runs on gasoline or diesel. The choice of the majority has sentenced all of us to the climate future we face.