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Canada: City shows vision with charging stations

The wise philosopher Kermit the Frog often reminds us that it’s not easy being green.

However, the City of Nanaimo appears willing to give it a shot.

The city recently invested $20,000 and will install four free public charging stations. Discussions are underway with the province about changing building code regulation to allow for electric vehicle infrastructure.

Virtually any type of public expenditure dealing with new, or in some cases undeveloped, technology is bound to draw snickers from the masses.

Especially the masses who love their fossil fuels and see no reason to change.

But in this case, whether you don’t know a carbon footprint from a Hostess Twinkie, the city will eventually save you money down the road by adding electric vehicles to its fleet.

That’s a win-win situation.

The city already signed an agreement with the province in 2007 to become carbon neutral by 2012, the same year the provincial government expects municipalities to begin paying carbon offsets.


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