Rowan Atkinson has been blamed for the sluggish adoption of electrical autos (EVs) in the UK, studies Sky Information. The Mr. Bean and Johnny English actor was name-checked throughout an atmosphere and local weather change committee assembly within the Home of Lords earlier this week, with the Inexperienced Alliance suppose tank saying a remark piece by Atkinson was damaging to EV gross sales within the nation.
The piece in query was printed by The Guardian on June 3, 2023, with Atkinson saying “electrical motoring doesn’t appear to be fairly the environmental panacea it’s claimed to be.” He goes on to speak concerning the environmental affect of EV manufacturing, various fuels, the life cycle of an vehicle and that “our honeymoon with electrical vehicles is coming to an finish.”
The next week, The Guardian printed one other article by Simon Evans, deputy editor and senior coverage editor of local weather information web site Carbon Temporary, which regarded to debunk claims made in Atkinson’s article.
Within the assembly, the Inexperienced Alliance shared its views on the principle obstacles the UK authorities faces in its bid to part out petrol and diesel vehicles earlier than 2035, and stated, “some of the damaging articles was a remark piece written by Rowan Atkinson in The Guardian which has been roundly debunked.”
“Sadly, truth checks by no means attain the identical breadth of viewers as the unique false declare, emphasising the necessity to guarantee excessive editorial requirements across the web zero transition,” it added. Among the many points put forth by the suppose tank embody an inadequate numbers of charging factors, excessive EV costs and “a scarcity of clear and constant messaging from the federal government.”
Final 12 months, the UK authorities introduced it will postpone the ban on the sale of latest petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles to 2035, claiming the change is a “extra pragmatic, proportionate, and practical strategy” that “eases the burdens on working folks.”
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