(Second post in a row touching on environmentalism, unusual for me… Anyway…)
The Ontario government has some High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes, some of which have been around for a few years; others of which were just added this year. Ostensibly, the purpose is to encourage carpooling, and thus cut down on vehicular emissions, etc. etc. Fine. But our premier plans to soon allow single-occupant vehicles to, for a fee, drive in the same lanes, too.
Seems not conducive to the original goal of giving people an incentive to carpool, if their exclusive lane becomes full of other vehicles that are not carpooling, even though they have to pay for the privilege. In fact, it seems downright counter-productive.
Now, obviously, it’s just a cash-grab by the government, and a rather crass and blatant one at that.
But it struck me: if environmentalism is a religion, then fees for allowing solo drivers to drive in carpool lanes, like selling ‘carbon credits‘, are the environmentalist faith’s equivalent of indulgences. Which still means they’re just crass cash grabs, of course; ones that try to pay lip service to the ostensible goals of the Cathedral, but which can clearly be seen (by those with eyes to see) for the opportunistic money grabs that they are.