A London, Ont. city councillor wants gas stations to pump guilt as well as fuel to drivers via a proposal that would put warning labels on gas pumps, cautioning fillers-up on the dangers of man-made global warming.
Ward 4 councillor Jesse Helmer introduced the motion to have city staff investigate this at a recent meeting of London’s civic works committee, where it was passed—unanimously.
In January, a similar proposal was implemented in West Vancouver, where gas station customers are exposed to these fear-mongering statements:
"Use of this fuel product contributes to climate change which may put up to 30% of species at a likely risk of extinction”
“Use of this fuel product contributes to climate change which may cause drought and famine”
The statements, accompanied, for some reason, by pictures of grazing animals and emaciated children in an African desert, are as far from subtlety as they are from reality. Indeed, they also fit in quite well with the expanding narrative that gas and oil are society’s biggest evils and that people should leave their cars at home.
London’s bureaucrats are looking into ways to make this happen, but have been advised to look at “voluntary” agreements with operators of gas stations rather than a by-law that would force participation.
Admittedly, something like this is hardly newsworthy in West Vancouver. In fact, that it took the Left Coast until 2015 to come up with it is a bit embarrassing on their part.
But London, Ontario? For those who have never been to London, this is a city where many buses don’t even run on Sundays and students at the city’s two post-secondary institutions complain each year how the buses aren’t around to shuttle them home from the bars because service stops at midnight. London is currently putting up hurdles for Uber to enter the market, the city’s sparse population makes it not the most walkable.
In other words, even if filling up my gas tank would turn London into some apocalyptic wasteland, I don’t really have any other options.
Even if I did? Who cares.
Every year, I pay a licensing fee for the privilege of driving my own car, have to submit to provincially-mandated emissions testing (at my expense) every other year, not to mention paying thousands per year in fuel—much of which goes to the provincial and federal governments as it is. It is my right, and one of the most expensive rights to enjoy.
That I should be reminded of the mythical danger of global warming every time I fill up when my eyes are naturally drawn to the rapidly rolling numbers on the price display is little more than another chapter in the nanny state’s war on cars—and the black gold that keeps them running.
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