AN AMBITIOUS TARGET
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says he’s determined to see the electrification of all cars, buses and trucks in the state, it has been revealed this week.
Constance raised eyebrows when he stated the New South Wales government will look to electrify its entire network by the year 2030 to ‘improve air quality’ in regions like Sydney.
“I am the first state minister in our history trying to drive the electrification of transport vehicles for the purposes of health,” he told reporters.
“Our infrastructure has to meet all environmental requirements… but my aim is to make this issue redundant by electrifying all cars, buses and trucks.”
Saving the planet!
It was also announced that public transport fares will increase in NSW over the next year, but we will ignore how this will ultimately lead back to sting the consumer’s pocket for now.
How did this idea of electrification come about?
The new focus follows ‘research’ that suggested health impacts from multi-billion-dollar transport projects under the government are being ignored.
Patrick Harris, from the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at the University of NSW, weighed in on some of the public interest that is of primary importance:
“After the fires, the quality of the air we breathe is a major health concern, particularly in the basin like Sydney, where ultimately we have to do everything to do to protect community health,” he said.
The Australian bushfires are cited as the reason people are now facing health concerns?
Thus, are also the reason that the electrification of all vehicles in New South Wales is needed?
Sounds a bit fishy to me.
Perhaps.. like this may have all been by design?
PROBLEM, REACTION, SOLUTION
There has always been a continued push for a ‘greener Australia’ since the days of the Carbon Tax, but in recent years, the international shift has taken to new heights.
More individuals cry out for ‘solutions’ to protect them from the dangers of a changing climate.
Especially since the bushfires, which we aptly named ‘The Beginning of Agenda 2030 in Australia‘.
On deeper examination beneath the surface of this announcement, we can see that once again, this event is being used to push the climate transition forward.
Just take a look at this recent feature piece written by Andrew Constance himself in The Guardian to justify the transition to electric vehicles in NSW:
Right before your eyes, ladies and gentlemen.
Emotional language and a call-to-arms for action following “a major climatic event”.
Oh, it was major, alright.
We were already told these projects will kickstart the economy after COVID-19.
Now, as predicted, the narrative will be used as a major anchor to usher in climate reform.
“We can’t spend any more time, or expend any more energy, debating climate change.”
The debate is over, citizen! Muh bushfires settles it!
Sorry, Mr. Constance, you’re right. Let’s just ignore the opposing evidence that is suppressed.
This is how the establishment operates, folks.
Create the problem, garner the reaction and offer the solution.
But Ethan — why is the electrification of vehicles so much of an issue?
Why wouldn’t we want cleaner air and roads?
Although inconspicuous at present, this plan is just one step in a larger dystopian transformation.
THE END OF PRIVATE VEHICLES
Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers at the UN Committee on Climate Change have been warned.
This is a direct Agenda 2030 initiative.
The committee wants 30% to 70% of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030, as well as up to 40% of new vans, as part of efforts to phase out sales of conventional petrol and diesel versions.
The New South Wales government announced in 2019 plans to privatise bus services in Sydney’s north-western suburbs, lower-north shore, northern beaches and eastern suburbs.
Who is influencing this push?
This week, G7 nations have agreed to step up action on climate change with a renewed a pledge to raise $100bn a year to help poor countries cut emissions.
G7 leaders also promised to help developing countries move away from coal.
Electric vehicles seem like a good idea at first.
However, they are a direct gateway that will lead to the normalisation of driverless vehicles.
Think of Tesla: They are electric, and because of this, can support driverless features.
These features have already become so popular that there is footage circulating of people falling asleep at the wheel on their morning commute on highways in the U.S.
This new-age of vehicles are also set to reap a plethora of surveillance measures, including black-box data recorders which monitor everything, from a vehicle’s speed to ‘driver condition’.
It seems like the scene of a science fiction novel: Humans travelling around in cars that they are not in control of, connected by a linked network of sensors and algorithms.
This is no longer sci-fi dream, however, and is on the way to becoming a reality in this country.
According to a report by LEK Consulting, Australia is set reap billions of dollars via the adoption of ‘new mobility’, while private vehicle ownership dries up almost completely.
Economic modelling predicts innovative transport systems led by autonomous vehicles will generate $62 billion in Australia, and with this change, you will be in the minority if you own a car by 2050.
Electric vehicles (EV), AVs, ride-sharing, car-sharing and a wider range of public transport options will negate the need for personal vehicles, says the firm.
The development of highly-sophisticated ‘smart cities’ across Australia will accompany this transition, allowing for advanced automated data collection through new network capabilities.
Under this vision, when you get in your self-driving car to go to work, it will first suggest that it drives you to work. Then, along the way, it may suggest a stop at a local coffee shop, before alerting you to various sales items you may need along your route to work.
Andrew Frankel, a Drive Nation journalist, described in an article that “..our cars will retain every detail of your every journey, and you don’t need to be an Orwell scholar to spot something disturbingly Big Brother about that”.
Painted as the answer to our worries, many are failing to recognise what these mechanisms will ultimately bring about and ties to the larger agenda at hand.
Or perhaps I am just too ‘conspiracy minded’..
You tell me in the comments below!
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