Three months ago, Chris Grayling the Transport Secretary published his much-heralded Road to Zero strategy for transport in the UK after pledging to ban fossil fuelled cars by 2040. It wasn’t much but it gave perhaps just a glimmer of hope.
We need much more than a glimmer, and even that has already been snuffed out.
The most recent IPCC report, SR15 makes for depressing reading. The planet is burning and we are not helping! We have less than fifteen years until the point of no return. We must reduce CO2 in the atmosphere quickly and dramatically if we are to avoid catastrophic damage to the planet.
And what is the UK government doing?
1, While we weren’t looking this despicable government has sneaked out a change to the incentives to buy hybrid or electric vehicles. The plug-in car grant, which since 2011 has knocked £4,500 off the purchase price of a new electric vehicle, will be cut in early November by £1,000, while incentives of £2,500 to buy new hybrid cars will be abolished altogether. Even the car industry finds this “astounding”.
2, The temporary ban on fracking in Lancashire was lifted by the high court. So, today Saturday the 13th of October Cuadrilla will begin drilling.
3, But here’s the thing, the judge, Robert Altham, who recently sent three peaceful protesters at the Cuadrilla site to jail shouldn’t have been allowed near the case. His sister runs the family business which is a specialist supplier to the offshore oil and gas industry. She was a signatory to a letter written to Lancashire CC urging them to allow the drilling. Their company supplies equipment and expertise to Centrica who have invested millions in Cuadrilla!