By Paul Homewood
The government’s decision to ban sales of conventional petrol and diesel cars from 2040 has generated a lot of debate this week.
The decision has been justified as a way of improving air quality, as well as one to meet climate targets.
The second objective is clear. Jesse Norman, the parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT) recently confirmed Theresa May’s administration would stick with its pre-election pledge.
In a written answer to the Commons, Mr Norman added: “The Government has a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050. We believe this would necessitate all new cars and van being zero emission vehicles by 2040.”
Note the term zero emission.
This would imply that even hybrids will be banned by then.
But what about the first objective.
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