From the Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Richard Sadler's article in Fridays EDP (It's time to pay for all that extra polluton) was an interesting demonstration of the prevailing orthodoxy that has become almost a new religion - the environment and global warming.
The eagerness of many to want to punish themselves, and others, by donning the hairshirt and indulging in agonised self-flagellation on the subject is roughly akin to the often aired suggestion of turkeys voting for Christmas.
The way we have been brainwashed into believing all this environmental nonsense is truly amazing. It has, of course been a godsend for government, and is now going to be the same for local councils. What a wonderful way to raise more money! Not only can they get away with almost anything, as long as they find a green issue to attach it to, but there is already in place an army of Richard Sadlers crying out "Yes, I'm a sinner, please punish me!. I don't buy it.
It's simply a revenue-raising issue and the sooner we start looking at it without those green-tinted spectacles the better. Interesting too that by all accounts the most heavy polluters of the lot, aircraft, are not only free to do their worst, but are actually being encouraged to increase their output by building more runways, airports and bigger planes. If something were t be done to stop this then I mgiht begin to think there was a real problem and that governments were serious about solving it. The sort of measures being proposed are just expensive window-dressing even if the problem is real. Anyway, if we made the whole |UK emission-free, according to one emoinent authority we'd reduce world emissions by 2%, Wowee - I'm sure that would make all the difference.
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, November 2006.
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