Burning Issue

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!

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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