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Gov't looking to eliminate 'fossil fuel' cars - Premier Fahie

- said VI must take on a leadership role in the battle to save planet & homes
With 2020 less than a month away, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that in the new year, his government will intensify efforts to move away from fossil fuel use in cars, as the Virgin Islands (VI) heads towards a greener future. Photo: Internet Source
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was at the time delivering statements at the end of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season on November 30, 2019, where amongst other remarks he expressed gratitude that the season ended incident-free for the Virgin Islands (VI) and the territory must now prepare for the future. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was at the time delivering statements at the end of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season on November 30, 2019, where amongst other remarks he expressed gratitude that the season ended incident-free for the Virgin Islands (VI) and the territory must now prepare for the future. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - With 2020 less than a month away, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that in the new year, his government will intensify efforts to move away from fossil fuel use in cars, as the Virgin Islands (VI) heads towards a greener future.

The Premier was at the time delivering statements at the end of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season on November 30, 2019, where amongst other remarks he expressed gratitude that the season ended incident-free for the Virgin Islands (VI) and the territory must now prepare for the future. 

Some still in denial - Premier 

"While there are those who remain in foolish denial or heartless and callous disregard for our plight, it is left to us whose lives, livelihoods and properties are most imminently at risk, to take on a leadership role in the battle to save our planet and our homes," Hon Fahie said. 

"Your Government, in the New Year, [will] intensify our efforts to transition to clean, environmentally friendly renewable energy sources such as solar using smart technology to manage our consumption and conservation, and start moving away from using fossil fuels in our cars," the Leader of Government Business said. 

"We must continue building for resilience and this includes building our human resources and strengthening our people, as well as creating a resilient, diversified economy," Hon Fahie noted. 

Over in Norway, politicians from both sides of the political spectrum reached a 2016 agreement to have some 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025. As such, the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars is restricted as the country continues its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet.

Clearing of derelicts vehicles

Further, with the new drive, Premier Fahie said the government and the people must continue cleaning up the islands, "getting rid of derelicts vehicles and wrecks, and indiscriminately dumped items that pose hazards year-round and create eyesores."

It was Premier Fahie who initiated a nationwide clean-up project which officially kicked off on April 22, 2019, in observance of Earth Day. The project included community groups and businesses, churches, schools, non-governmental organisations and homeowners, joining forces to clean and to strategically combat local waste management challenges.

28 Responses to “Gov't looking to eliminate 'fossil fuel' cars - Premier Fahie ”

  • lol (02/12/2019, 11:42) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    The BVI is full of hills, these vehicles dont have enough power to climb hills, anegada will be the best place for them
    • Gordaguy2 (02/12/2019, 13:06) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Electric cars have more that enough power to go up hills
    • Mr Shovels (02/12/2019, 16:19) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      An electric car will outrun 95% of the cars in the BVI going uphill. I think your electric vehicle knowledge is only limited to golf carts...
    • tola boy (03/12/2019, 04:27) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sounds so stupid electric vehicles has more torque and power than conventional cars and trucks they can climb any hill better and more efficient than a regular fossil fuel vehicle stop being so ignorant do your research
    • Peter (04/12/2019, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Obviously you have never driven an electric vehicle.
  • Pleeease (02/12/2019, 12:01) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talk talk and rhetoric is painfully disgusting. A few days ago,big announcement that he will be making car racing a tourist attraction in this natur'e's paradise. Not a concern expressed about a green future and other environmental factors. Today big announcement how he will be eliminating fossil fuel. Andrew ,we are not all graduates of your infamous good to great program and the defunct De Vry. Many of us have common sense Throwing out a bunch of to do lists with conflicting agendas is evidence that you do not have a to-do list for real but still in campaign mode. When he gets tired,he then play if ops musical chair with his Ministers Really annoying. Please,try to grow up. and cut the foolishness. I
    • Right on! (02/12/2019, 13:05) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      This government seems to be all over the place. Just a bunch of talk and not one can come to fruition. While at the same time contradicting themselves. Smh
  • SCB (02/12/2019, 12:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a good news but I don't see this hapennig anytime soon, what is the timeline?
  • Kingfish (02/12/2019, 12:06) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Will they be using Sea Water for fuel, one cannot rely of the BVI Electrical System to produce a steady stream of power
    for everyday use much less extra power for automobiles.
  • resident (02/12/2019, 12:07) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    with our unreliable electrical grid it is impractical to switch over to an all electric car
    • @resident (03/12/2019, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You see that big bright thing in the sky, would you believe, it can actually create power through solar panels- funny that. We don’t need BVIEC. Whilst we’re here BAN ALL SINGLE USE PLASTICS.
  • time will tell (02/12/2019, 13:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Could his effort by the Government start with the Round about in the middle of Town? We keep decorating it with those metal poles bent out of shape in the middle of it, together with loose cable/wires from what ever utility company who decided they must be asked to remove them. In addition, can we either remove or repair the metal rail on the round about? My God.. e keep decorating that crooked and bent up pipe. No matter how much stuff we throw on there, it detracts from the effort made big time. I don't think we need a special budget or study or an engineer to sort out our round about.
  • Gordaguy2 (02/12/2019, 13:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great to see the government taking this step - electrical power can easily service a large number of electric vehicles especially because of the weather in BVI
  • =( (02/12/2019, 13:46) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    They couldn't even fix the incinerator issue that causing pollution and putting the residents health at risk. But now they have this thing on their minds. Seems like the government of the bvi has no vision for this country. Their plans are just all over the place.
  • See (02/12/2019, 13:59) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    So we talking green but dumping raw deadly sewage into the ocean . We dont want car exhaust but Pockwood Pond smoke is killing us . You want electric cars .... how does the electricity get made ? No car exhaust but we need drag racing . How about banning styrofoam containers and making the green containers duty free ?
  • Outsider (02/12/2019, 14:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    He full ah it! It aint the same fuel we need to burn in tola to create electricty.?? Them run out ah ideas. Look at the bad bush cutting in west area. Stop handing out candy to the district and insist on value for money!!
  • Just dropping this piece (02/12/2019, 17:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come you want to go this far with electric vehicle and simple water cant be running in the pipes especially Duffs Bottom for weeks now not a drip of water please fix the little things first Mr. Primeir this water issue is past ridiculous
  • Sun (02/12/2019, 17:22) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    But why can't we go off-grid solar at home?
  • qc (02/12/2019, 18:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is a big move yall
  • lol (02/12/2019, 19:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who affording these new car huh? well all know that pay is shit
    • JahJah (03/12/2019, 12:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      9-5 jus won't cut it for those cars, better push the d()pe... Where's the Election n real people for the B.V.I to Lead Us to Victory......the Whole Government for themselves, giving the rich more Jobs n opportunities while the Lil man suffer to make 10k a year, I applause all the low incomers this year cause were tryin but when we had enough jus know it have things that goes through Cement wall n backflips automobiles..
  • lulz (02/12/2019, 19:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    And how shall we generate the electricity to power our electric cars? Surely not via the electricity produced by BVIEC for that uses the very same fossil fuel we are trying to eliminate.

    I'm all for making the BVI greener but can we approach this issue with some common sense? Here are some endeavours I think will yield better results:

    1) Outting the volcano we call a dump up at Pockwood Pond. If we really care about pollution, we should care about what the poor people in West End and St. John has to suffer through. I won't be surprise if in 30 years there's a studying showing that that part of the population has a higher rate of cancer than the rest.
    2) Introduce a recycling program, especially for electronic goods and batteries which leech toxic heavy metals into the soil.
    3) Allows homeowners to go 'off-grid' if they wish and power their homes purely with solar panels if they wish.
    4) Replant the mangroves already! The fishes need fisheries and they are vital to our tropical ecosystem.
    5) Fix the sewage system. We have to desalinate our water to get fresh water and our sewage runs straight into that same water. Has no one ever heard the saying 'Don't s*** where you eat?'
  • Blob (02/12/2019, 21:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Electric car drag racing eh?
  • Quiet Warrior (02/12/2019, 22:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    On one hand, it is wonderful that government is planning to reduce the carbon footprint and thus reduce the volume of CO2, a greenhouse gas, emitted into the atmosphere. This is a long-term goal. On the other hand, government has a myriad of short-term items on its budget list and needs to focus on attacking them. The government seems to want to keep everyone happy by trying to attack every issue at once. That is an impossibility; it needs to prioritize what it needs to accomplish first based on available resources, construction capacity, contracting capacity, labor capacity, time.....etc. Here is a news flash. Cannot pack decades of needs into 4 four years. Stop chasing every shiny object and focus on realistic and practical goals. Residents want concrete outcome, not a lot of hot air and flowery language. Plan the work and work the plan.
  • Billfargo (03/12/2019, 10:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the boats and airplanes! Sounds like crazy people to me, and that is putting it mildly!
  • ? (03/12/2019, 18:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can we get rid of the incinerator first?????


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