Facts: Climate change = bad; Feelings: Beyond self-care to fix the root causes of burnout; Action: The only time buying new is better for climate
Wow, I'm surprised about this. My partner's car is 25 years old. It's a small car, a Peugeot 106, so it has a small engine and it's light, so it's rather fuel-efficient. It was one of the first to be fitted with a catalytic converter so it continues to pass its MOT. The reason it's still running is that we don't use it very often, maybe once a month or so. Our plan is to perhaps go car-free at some point, especially as we're moving to a new apartment which doesn't have a garage. But would you say that the advice to scrap the old car and switch to electric applies in our case? Car-free or car pooling/renting etc makes more sense I feel. But also given how infrequently we use it, it seems silly to get an electric car!
Do you have advice on the best practice to dispose of fossil gas appliances when electrifying? On the one hand, I like the idea of my appliance never burning fossil fuels again. But on the other, if it can be used by someone who would otherwise buy a new fossil gas appliance (with its embedded carbon and longer life), giving it to someone else would at least prevent the embedded carbon of a new unit. And potentially it would remain in service for a shorter time than if they made a new purchase - hopefully at a time when there will be federal subsidies for electrification. I hate the idea of people buying new fossil gas appliances. Same question for an ICE car. I've switched to an electric assist cargo bike for nearly all of my transportation, so what should I do with an ICE vehicle I am no longer driving?