If you want to know what it looks like when an entire nation’s government is so politically correct that it can’t even manage to fulfil some of the more basic requirements, look no further than Great Britain.
In a land where even the alleged conservatives wholeheartedly defend socialized medicine, it shouldn’t come to a surprise that the British government has vowed to become “carbon neutral” by 2050, regardless of the consequences.
Case in point would be the £1.49 million (nearly $2 million) that the London government has shelled out for 448 BMW i3 electric-powered cars.
In a nutshell, these battery operated mini-cars simply don’t cut it. Especially for what was once a world-class police force.
As reported by the Metro news service of London;
At least 448 green vehicles have been bought by police forces across the country in a bid to meet emission targets.
But there’s just one slight problem – they aren’t much good at chasing crooks or rushing to save people in crisis.
Practically all of the vehicles, which cost at least £1.49 million altogether, are used for non-emergencies and for bosses to travel to work.
Official police reports say it takes too long to charge the batteries to be ready for a hot pursuit at a moment’s notice.
They also say there is too much risk of them running out of juice before the end of a shift.
The Metropolitan Police currently has 134 eco-friendly vehicles, and wants to make its whole fleet green by 2050 – when the British Government aims to make the whole UK carbon neutral by.
But for now the force has had to buy more diesel vehicles to deal with high-speed chases, admitting the electric car market has ‘not sufficiently matured’ to meet their demands.
Police Federation spokesman Tim Rogers say the public ‘does not need to worry’ about officers not being able to reach them because their cars ran out of battery.
He added: ‘It would be the remiss of anyone managing a vehicle fleet to restrict themselves that way – they are still able to use other vehicles’.
Interestingly enough, those who are enamored with electric cars don’t seem to understand where electricity comes from.
According to Energy-UK.org, the burning of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combine for a whopping 75.5 percent of the electrical output. for the island nation
The remaining 24.5 percent of the United Kingdom’s electricity comes from a combination of “wind, wave, marine, hydro, biomass and solar.”