Electric cars... together with biomass THE way to save the planet according to the EU. Sadly, the reality is that whole forests are taken down to feed these biomass plants. Very ecofriendly I would say...
Hyper modern coal and gas plants are shut down. Nuclear isn't an option according to my goverment. So, what do we do? Build big solar panel parks in our already overcrowded country. Many, many acres are used to facilitate for this. Also, wind power is being seen as some kind of holy grail, but the impact on people's health is simply forgotten. Research has shown that the noise and shadows created by these wind turbines is very detrimental for human health. For the time being, we import French electricity, and more than 80% of their electricity is made with nuclear plants. LOL
Then carswise, EU has decided that new ICE cars are no longer allowed to be sold after 2035, my government decided to move this deadline to 2030. Diesel is being phased out first, because it is supposed to be the worst for the environment and for people's health. But, as far as I know, diesel cars emit way less CO2 then gasonline counterparts and we are talking about CO2 the whole day?!?!? Also, diesel is said to emit more NOx and fine particles. However, new diesels often emit less NOx than gasoline cars, heck, Mercedes-Benz made a diesel with 0g/km NOx emissions, it was and still is the only ICE car to ever get a perfect score on emission test. Then particulates, it is common knowledge that how smaller the particulate is, the more damage it does because it can travel deeper into your body. New, direct injected gasoline cars, emit super small particulates, way and way smaller than the particulates a diesel emits. The diesel may emit a little more particulate matter (the difference is really small actually), but the particulates are simply less harmful.
Air quality is much, much, much better now than 40 years ago. Why switch so quickly to electric cars? The batteries use lots of very scarce metals and we are not sure yet how we are going to recycle them. The only feasible option in my opinion is hydrogen. Yes, the process is inefficient, but myself, I am a big fan of nuclear power. A lot of research is done on thorium reactors and fusions reactions. Fusion is really interesting, as it will be an unlimited source of clean energy. For the time being, we should also invest in research for thorium reactors. These reactors are majorly different from regular nuclear power plants, as the amount of waste created by these plants is way less and the waste is radioactive for way shorter amounts of time. You can even throw nuclear waste created by normal nuclear plants in these thorium reactors to gain extra energy and reduce radioactivity.
That ismy vision on this. To anyone still reading, congrats, you made it to the end! 🤣