While I applaud any move to reduce our carbon footprint I wonder if electric vehicles are the answer.
Given that the mining of the special metals required for the batteries causes high levels of pullion, and the smelting of the ore uses vast amounts of water that is allowed to contaminate the ground, I think that this issue deserves a second look.
It would be a real shame if we inadvertently increased our carbon footprint and increased green house gasses while trying to do the right thing.
Could this aspect of the electric car be thoroughly examined before spending thousands of dollars to maybe do more harm than good?
Editor’s Note: To correct erroneous information in the PNR story of May 22, the Town of Sidney paid only $31,000 for all five of its new electric vehicle charging stations. Most of the cost was covered by a provincial grant and the town found other cost savings through in-kind donations.