UN Secretary-General’s call to stop receiving funds from fossil fuel vehicle makers

UN Secretary-General’s call to stop receiving funds from fossil fuel vehicle makers

JAKARTA Various measures have been adopted by global stakeholders to address the current climate crisis, including aggressively promoting electric vehicles.

Especially for electric vehicles, after very rapid growth over the last 3 years, but since the beginning of this year the movement has been slow.

According to a report from Carscoops, cited on June 24, United Nations Secretary-General Ant Total Guterres earlier this month called on governments and media outlets around the world to stop accepting funds from the fossil fuel industry . Guterres accuses energy companies of “distorting the truth, deceiving the public and sowing doubt” about the current climate crisis.

“Stop the madmen who have unleashed more madness,” he said firmly.

This comment from Guterres comes at a very important time for the auto industry. Consumers are still hesitant about electric vehicles (EVs), especially since many new EV models are still significantly more expensive than fossil fuel vehicles and have limited supporting infrastructure.

Guterres also called for restrictions on fossil fuel ads, similar to restrictions on tobacco and alcohol ads implemented around the world. Unlike tobacco advertising, which is mainly limited to avoiding a bad influence on children, the ban on fossil fuel advertising aims to influence consumer behavior as a whole.

Several countries, cities and companies have started banning advertising from oil and gas companies. France, for example, limits the promotion of coal, gas and hydrogen produced from fossil fuels, while Amsterdam, Sydney and Edinburgh have also restricted advertising from high-emissions companies. On the media side, The Guardian, Vox and Le Monde in France have banned advertisements for oil and gas.

However, such restrictions may be more difficult to implement domestically in countries like the United States.

“Even if Congress attempts to do so, banning fossil fuel advertising will certainly not combat legal challenges under current U.S. law,” said Rebecca Tushnet, a First Amendment professor at the Harvard Law School.

With the various challenges and changes occurring, the future of the automotive industry appears to be heavily influenced by how the world responds to Guterres’ calls and subsequent measures to address the climate crisis.

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