Alberta premier pooh-poohs electric vehicle mandates, says gas cars will always be allowed
Danielle Smith vowed to protect the province from any Trudeau legislation attacking its oil industry.
(LifeSiteNews) – After the Canadian federal government announced a proposal late last year to ban new sales of gas-powered cars after 2035, one provincial premier said she will protect her province from mandates and any rules that attack its oil and gas industry.
In December, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said Albertans will always have the choice to buy gasoline-powered cars. She also promised to protect Albertans from Electric vehicles (EV) mandates imposed by the federal government.
Smith made the comments after she said “heck no” to a looming federal government EV mandate.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s war on the internal combustion engine comes despite the fact Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, which is produced ethically, unlike in other nations.
Electric cars cost thousands more to make and buy, are not suited to Canada’s cold climate, offer poor range and long charging times (especially in cold weather), and have batteries that take tremendous resources to make and are hard to recycle.
A recent report from the Western Standard documents how one Alberta couple found out the hard way that going EV does save not time or money.
The couple noted how a rented Tesla’s battery “would drain faster than it would charge.” They noted how some charges cost as much as $30, saying that in just one day they “stopped six times to charge at that cost.”
The federal EV mandate, announced by Canadian Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault, proposes regulations that would in effect force all new cars sold by 2035 to be “zero emissions.”
The rules also include increasing EV sales mandates in steps. By 2026, automakers will be forced to have at least 20 percent of their vehicle sales be EVs.
By 2030, the sales target rises to 60 percent of all new car sales, where it stays until the 2035 mandate.
Smith noted in December how the Liberal-NDP plan to “outlaw non-electric vehicles will drive up vehicle costs and take away your freedom to choose what vehicle makes sense for you and your family.”