Tommy Cookers wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:24 pm
this week we UK people have seen proclamations that .....
the Environment Dept is to ban wood-fired heating as it's now officially a major source of particulate pollution in cities
(after a huge public subsidy programme of private heating conversion from 'carbon-bad' fossil fuel to 'carbon-good' wood)
the Mayor of London is to attack them with taxes - ironic as his party (when in government) started this lunatic incompetence
a publicly-funded 'expert' says diesel car makers have 'blood on their hands' - having 'caused many deaths by air pollution'
(of course it's the publicly-funded EU vehicle emission regulators who are at fault - but mysteriously they don't resign)
the health effects of air pollution haven't changed
our city air is cleaner now than ever before and this was 'safe'
but now it's 'unsafe'
(because the medics can imagine more mechanisms adverse to health than they could 10 years ago)
the only thing that has actually changed is the Government's word
Don't worry, you're leaving the EU anyway
But a bit more serious: we're seeing it here in Germany too, and the reason is target previously set which aren't being reached through sitting back and waiting for old cars and ovens to be replaced. The technology improves, which leads to new targets, but on certain things like wood-burning overs, they simply don't need replacing, so the old ones remain in operation. Cars, on the other hand, have been reduced to an expected life of 10 years, so you can get the old, "dirty" ones off the road [disclaimer: that is only a result of the crap quality we're being sold at exorborant prices, and we idiots accept it]. But, looking at all the diesel gate companies, it'll be another 8 years before all those cars are off the road, because our health isn't worth that
“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!” Monty Python and the Holy Grail