Electric cars won’t solve our pollution problems – Britain needs a total transport rethink | George Monbiot

All vehicles create carbon emissions and cause congestion. The coronavirus crisis should help us break our dependence on them

Could it be true? That this government will bring all sales of petrol and diesel cars to an end by 2030? That it will cancel all rail franchises and replace them with a system that might actually work? Could the UK, for the first time since the internal combustion engine was invented, really be contemplating a rational transport policy? Hold your horses.

Before deconstructing it, let’s mark this moment. Both announcements might be a decade or two overdue, but we should bank them as they’re essential steps towards a habitable nation.

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